MILWAUKEE — — Al Horford and Jayson Tatum scored 30 factors apiece and led the Boston Celtics’ fourth-quarter comeback in a 116-108 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night time that tied their Eastern Conference semifinal at two video games apiece.
The two groups have alternated victories on this best-of-seven sequence, which continues Wednesday with Game 5 in Boston.
Horford scored 16 factors and Tatum 12 within the fourth quarter alone to assist the Celtics outscore the defending NBA champion Bucks 43-28 within the ultimate interval. Horford’s 30 factors had been a profession playoff excessive for the 35-year-old veteran.
Tatum scored eight factors and Horford had six throughout a 14-2 run that put the Celtics forward for good and gave them a 106-96 benefit with 3:33 left. The Bucks wouldn’t reduce the margin under six the remainder of the best way.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 factors, 18 rebounds and 5 assists for the Bucks.
Horford sparked the rally after Boston trailed by 11 late within the third quarter.
The Celtics tied the sport when Horford capped a 10-0 run by driving the baseline and dunking whereas drawing a foul on Antetokounmpo with 9:51 left. Horford, who usually isn’t very expressive on the courtroom, celebrated the dunk by screaming and pumping his fists.
As Horford landed after finishing his dunk, his left arm hit Antetokounmpo’s face, leading to a technical foul. Jrue Holiday and Horford every sank free throws to make it 81-all.
Horford was simply getting began.
After Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez scored the sport’s subsequent 4 factors to place the Bucks again forward, the Celtics responded with a 7-0 run and broke an 85-all tie on Horford’s 3-pointer with 8:08 left.
The Bucks regained the lead 94-92 when Antetokounmpo hit a driving layup and drew a foul on Horford with 6:02. But after Antetokounmpo missed the free throw, Horford began the 14-2 run that put the Celtics in management.
Horford hit a nook 3-pointer to place the Celtics again forward with 5:40 left and adopted that with a traditional three-point play that made it 98-94 with 5:09 remaining. Later within the spurt, Tatum had a traditional three-point play and a 3-point basket on consecutive possessions.
The Celtics had been enjoying with out put up participant Robert Williams due to soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. The Bucks performed a seventh straight recreation with out three-time All-Star ahead Khris Middleton resulting from a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
Celtics coach Ime Udoka expressed optimism earlier than Tuesday’s recreation that Williams could be accessible for Game 4. The Bucks haven’t given a sign on when Middleton may return.
Celtics: Grant Williams changed Robert Williams within the lineup and made his first profession playoff begin.
Bucks: Grayson Allen remained within the beginning lineup after going scoreless in 25 minutes whereas making his first profession playoff begin Saturday. Allen scored the sport’s first basket and completed with seven factors. … The Bucks outrebounded the Celtics 48-38.