Boston led by 14 points in the last quarter and held a lead of six points 100 seconds before the end. But then Adetokunbo gave a three and Jrue Holiday equalized with another three. Although Jayson Tatum returned the half-minute run to the Boston lead with a free throw, the Celtics did not look back on the Adetokunba free throw.
Bobby Portis jumped the ball and the basket decided the match. Holiday then defended Marcus Smart twice and thus defended the victory, which the Bucks still confirmed with a free throw.
“If we took the player better on those free throws, we would win. But they have shown how good they are. They showed several events worthy of champions. It’s up to us now to get up and force the seventh match, “said Smart.
Boston’s top scorers were Tatum with 34 points and Jaylen Brown with 26 points. In addition to Adetokunba, Milwaukee was drawn by Holiday, who added eight rebounds and eight assists to 24 points.
The second quarterfinals had an unexpectedly clear course, in which Memphis led over the Golden State by a terrible 55 points in the third quarter and attacked the highest win in the playoff history (by 58 points).
In the end, he won by 39 points, when in the last part he was already saving support. Without the injured star Ja Moranta, the Grizzlies showed a great team performance. Jaren Jackson Jr., Desmond Bane and Tyus Jones scored 21 points each, and the other four teammates had double-digit points.
“We knew how things were when opponents missed to win. We haven’t changed anything fundamental. We just watched a video of what we were supposed to do better, we went to the pitch and we just did it right. It’s a great win, but we are still losing and we have to win two more matches, “said Jackson. “It’s a really great win for us and a great way to get back into the series,” added Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins.
Golden State lacked coach Steve Kerr, who tested positive for covid. “We have had a lot of losses today that have left us untouched. On the contrary, the opponent gained confidence and then it collapsed like a snowball, “said Kerr’s assistant Mike Brown for 22 Warriors losses.
NBA – Round 2 play off
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