Bucks – Celtics : 95-108
The two teams are tied 3-3
Jayson Tatum saw history repeat itself before his eyes when his Celtics squandered a 14-point lead again in the dying minutes of Friday night’s game. Except this time, he refused to let it go. He scored 16 of his team’s 26 points in the fourth quarter to secure a heroic victory against the Bucks (109-95), snatching a seventh inning ultimate in Boston Sunday night. He finished the game with 46 points. An exceptional performance, undoubtedly the most impressive of his young career in the playoffs. The All-Star winger managed to get the upper hand over Giannis Antetokounmpo, himself the author of an anthology performance with 44 points and 20 rebounds.
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The Greek superstar almost led Milwaukee to another late comeback. As in the previous match, the defending champions were therefore 14 points behind during the fourth quarter (84-70). Antetokounmpo launched his team on an 8-0 then he reduced the deficit to 4 lengths on an award-winning basket just under 9 minutes from the siren (85-81). As the Game 6 storyline seemed to play out again, Tatum planted the next 11 points for the Celtics. Including several award-winning baskets.
And 4 minutes from the end, the gap had risen to 13 points (100-87). The Massachusetts franchise notably made the difference behind the arc with 17 three-point shots scored against 7 for the Bucks. Because behind Tatum, Jaylen Brown (22) and Marcus Smart (21) both passed the 20 point mark. Giannis found himself a bit more isolated. Jrue Holiday scored 17 points, Pat Connaughton 14 but no other player has done better than 6 points… so that benefits the Celtics, who will be looking to qualify in front of their home crowd in Game 7. So far, no team has won back-to-back matches in this incredible series.
Warriors – Grizzlies : 110-96
Golden State wins the series 4-2
The Warriors were hot. Then they caught fire. Led by two points (87-89) 8 minutes from the end of the match, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and his teammates chained three-point baskets to stun the Grizzlies heavily and conclude the series with a fourth victory in six games (110-96). First they went 10-0 to regain control of the game and then they no longer looked back, full throttle on the acceleration, like a Curry suddenly full of address. He finished with 29 points on 10 of 27 on shots applying at the best time. Thompson was faithful to his reputation as a Game 6 superstar by slamming 30 pawns, including 8 award-winning baskets. His three-point shot 3 minutes from the buzzer put an end to the suspense (105-92) and he celebrated by mimicking the number 6 with his fingers, just to remind us that he was the specialist at such times.
The “Splash Bros” put on a classic performance, but Golden State’s victory wasn’t all about them. Andrew Wiggins was decisive. Perhaps even more than his two eldest. His baskets kept the Warriors in the game when the Grizzlies clearly seemed to be gaining the upper hand. It was also he who launched the saving 10-0 with a three-pointer and a dunk on the counterattack. He scored 18 points in addition to his 10 rebounds. Draymond Green came close to the triple-double with 14 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists on the clock. Kevon Looney grabbed 22 rebounds. The Californians still largely prevailed in this area (70 to 44!) despite a much smaller team than that of Memphis. What compensate for their clumsiness (39%) on the part.
The Grizzlies, led by Desmond Bane (25 points) and Dillon Brooks (30), clearly did not deserve. But as in Game 4, they suffered in the money time in the absence of Ja Morant. They will come back stronger. In the meantime, it is therefore the Warriors who qualify for their first finals in the West since 2019.
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