Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jayson Tatum gave us a heavyweight bout for the ages on Friday, combining for 90 points on 62 shots. Tatum’s Celtics got the win, sending this series to a Game 7 on Sunday.
It came down to help. Tatum, who finished with 46 points on 17-for-32 shooting, got more. Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart combined for 43 points on nine 3-pointers, and they both hit crucial 3-pointers down the stretch. The top support Antetokounmpo got was 17 fairly quiet and inefficient points from Jrue Holiday. Outside of Pat Connaughton’s 14 off the bench, no other Buck scored more than six points.
Tatum took matters into his own hands over the game’s pivotal stretch. The Bucks had cut a 14-point Boston lead to four with just over eight minutes to play on a Giannis 3 from the top of the key. The building was on fire. The Celtics were just about to lose their grip. Then Tatum rattled off 10 straight on some of the silkiest jumpers you could draw up.