LOS ANGELES, United States, May 12 – The Milwaukee Bucks erased a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit to beat Boston 110-107 on Wednesday and push the Celtics to the brink of NBA playoff elimination because the Memphis Grizzlies stayed alive with a 134-95 drubbing of Golden State.
The Grizzlies, dealing with elimination and enjoying with out injured All-Star guard Ja Morant, weren’t about to exit on their house ground.
They raced to a 38-28 first-quarter lead and by no means trailed as they minimize the deficit of their best-of-seven Western Conference collection to 3-2, sending it again to San Francisco on Friday.
“We just stuck to the game plan,” stated Grizzlies ahead Jaren Jackson Jr, one in all three Memphis gamers with 21 factors.
“We knew what was at stake. We didn’t change anything though, we just calmed down, looked at the film, understood what we had to take away from the last game and just went out there and executed.”
Desmond Bane and Tyus Jones additionally scored 21 for the Grizzlies, who had seven gamers rating in double figures within the wire-to-wire win.
Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 19 factors.
Jonathan Kuminga added 17 and celebrity Stephen Curry scored 14 on four-of-10 capturing for the Warriors, who coughed up 22 turnovers main to 29 Grizzlies factors.
“It was awful, embarrassing,” Thompson stated. “We all had the mindset we were going to close it out tonight, but sometimes basketball is an inexact science and we played like a shell of ourselves.”
The Grizzlies outrebounded the Warriors 55-37 and led them 24-5 in second-chance factors.
Up by as many as 55 late within the third quarter, the Grizzlies have been flirting with NBA historical past, with the most important margin ever within the playoffs — 58 factors.
It was an enormous comedown for the Warriors, who performed their second straight sport with head coach Steve Kerr sidelined by Covid-19.
The third quarter hadn’t ended when stars Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green have been pulled by appearing coach Mike Brown.
In distinction, it got here down to the wire in Boston, the place Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 40 factors and Bobby Portis and Jrue Holiday got here up large late because the reigning NBA champion Bucks rallied to take a 3-2 lead of their Eastern Conference collection.
Reserve ahead Portis put again Antetokounmpo’s missed free throw with 11.4 seconds remaining to give the Bucks a 108-107 lead.
Jrue Holiday plucked an tried shot by Marcus Smart from the air with 8.1 seconds remaining earlier than teammate Pat Connaughton added a pair of free throws to seal the comeback for a Bucks crew that trailed by 14 early within the fourth quarter.
Milwaukee took a 3-2 lead within the best-of-seven Eastern Conference collection and can have an opportunity to shut it out once they host sport six on Friday.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown mixed for 60 factors for the Celtics, who took management with a 28-19 second quarter that noticed them take a 54-47 halftime lead.
They maintained the sting all through the third, however the Bucks didn’t again down.
Connaughton’s three-pointer with 7:34 to play minimize the deficit to 98-90. Jrue Holiday added a bounce shot to minimize the margin to 101-99.
– ‘Golden opportunity’ missed –
Three-pointers from Antetokounmpo and Holiday knotted the rating at 105-105 with 43.2 seconds left, setting the stage for a dramatic end.
“Obviously, in Boston, you’re down 14 in the fourth quarter, people would say everything’s against us. But we come together,” Holiday stated. “We live and die like that.”
Holiday added 24 factors for Milwaukee whereas Portis scored 14 and Connaughton 13 off the bench.
“We just didn’t do what we were supposed to do,” stated Smart, who scored 15 factors for the Celtics. “We didn’t execute when we were supposed to, and when it mattered the most, they did.”
Celtics coach Ime Udoka stated it was a bitter defeat after “we outplayed them for 3 and a half quarters.
“We talked about showing our resolve, and we made it tougher on ourselves now,” Udoka stated. We gave up a golden alternative tonight.”