Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Celtics beat Bucks 116-108 to tie series 2-2

MILWAUKEE ( Associated Press) — Al Horford and Jayson Tatum each scored 30 points to fuel their team’s fourth-quarter comeback and the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-108 on Monday night.

With the victory, the Celtics tied their series against the Bucks 2-2 in the Eastern Conference semifinal and both clubs will play their fifth game in Boston on Wednesday. The team with four wins will win the series.

Horford had 16 points and Tatum 12 in the fourth quarter for the Celtics to beat the Bucks, current NBA champions, 43-28 in that period.

The experienced Horford, 35, had a career-high 30 points in the postseason.

Tatum had eight points and Horford six during a 14-2 run in which the Celtics took a 106-96 lead with 3:33 remaining.

The Bucks couldn’t reduce the difference to less than six points the rest of the game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points, 18 boards and five assists for the Bucks cause.

Tatum finished with 13 rebounds and five assists in a comeback after his shaky performance in Game 3, in which he had 10 points on 4-for-19 shooting.

Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart each had 18 points for the Celtics.

Horford sparked the comeback when Boston trailed 11 points late in the third quarter.

The Celtics tied the game when Horford drove down the baseline and capped a 10-0 drive with a dunk, but on the play he fouled Antetokounmpo with 9:51 remaining.

The Dominican, who is not normally expressive on the court, celebrated his dunk score with a shout and shaking his fists.

After completing his dunk, Horford fell on the court, but slammed his left arm into Antetokounmpo’s face and was called for a technical foul.

Jrue Holiday and Horford made three good free throws and tied the game 81-81.

The Celtics played without power forward Robert Williams, who had a sore left knee after surgery. The Bucks waived for the seventh straight game forward Khris Middleton, who still has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

Celtics coach Ime Udoka said he was optimistic before Tuesday’s game that Williams could be available for Game 4.

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