The Boston Celtics got prepared to face the Milwaukee Bucks in the Bucks territory for Game 6. After a defeat in the previous game which was so close, the Celtics will be looking to even the series to move to Game 7 which will be in their home stadium. The Bucks will be looking to use their advantage to close the series.
The Milwaukee Bucks went with their starting lineup of Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, Wesley Matthews, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez. The Boston Celtics started with Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Grant Williams and Al Horford.
With the opening tip, the Celtics started the game with a 3 from Jaylen Brown. Giannis tried to respond the other end but was fouled. He sank both of his free throws so that the Bucks do not fall behind. The Celtics offense was carried by Marcus Smart who wants to redeem himself for his Game 5 performance. Jayson Tatum poured in along with him.
On the other end, they blocked the Bucks perimeter making it difficult to score. But as unguardable as Giannis is, none of the Celtics could stop him so he went on a tear in the 1st quarter itself. But the bucks need one more person to step up to stand a chance.
The second quarter was the battle of defense as both teams were putting stops on each other. The Celtics proved to be better in that category as they were contesting shots and were not allowing the Bucks to get into rhythm. On the offensive end, the Celtics managed to score points. They widened the score gap at the end of the 1st half with the score of 53-43.
When the 3rd quarter started, it was the showdown between the Greek Freak and the Celtics dynamic duo of Brown and Tatum. They went head to head against each other but the Boston duo were able to produce more points. Giannis was doing his best but he needed someone else to stand behind him in the scoring department.
The Celtics defense was successfully shutting down the other players and kept them out of the action as much as they could. On the other end, they let their duo to carry the offense. The Bucks defense could not seem to stop them no matter what they tried.
In the final quarter, to put the Bucks away, Jayson Tatum did not let up on his attacks. He became more aggressive and kept the lead intact. Giannis kept the Bucks afloat but regardless of him stepping up, the lead could not be stopped. The Celtics ended up prevailing till the final buzzer sounded.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks in scoring with a monstrous double-double of 44 points, 20 rebounds, 6 assists, a steal and 2 blocks. Jrue Holiday followed him up with 17 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Pat Connaughton was the only other bucks player to score in double digits with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
Jayson Tatum led both teams in scoring with 46 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a block. Jaylen Brown followed him up with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and a block. Marcus Smart came up big as well with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists.
Takeaways from Game 6
The Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 with a scoreline of 108-95. They have tied the series 3-3 and will now be awaiting their competitors for a deciding Game 7. For the Bucks, it is a wake-up call for the other players to step up. They are missing Khris Middleton who assumed the role of the secondary scorer but as he is absent, Holiday has to step up on the offensive end to win the series.