Sun, 29 May 2022

WASHINGTON, May 9 (Xinhua) -- Al Horford and Jayson Tatum scored 30 points respectively to help the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-108, tying the NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-2 on Monday.

The Bucks still played without All-Star forward Khris Middleton due to a left knee injury, but the defending champions looked to take a home win. The Bucks started the game with a 6-0 run and led as many as 10 points in the first quarter. After three quarters, the Bucks led 80-73.

Horford's greatest form announced the Celtics' comeback as he scored 16 points with six from six in the fourth quarter, which enabled the Celtics to a 14-2 run to overtake the lead and kept the advantage until the end. In the final quarter, Tatum also made five shootings out of six to contribute 12 points.

Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart both added 18 points for Boston, while Giannis Antetokounmpo contributed 34 points and 18 rebounds for the Bucks.

The Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 101-98 in the Western Conference semifinals to take a 3-1 series lead.

The Grizzlies were without star Ja Morant due to injury, while the Warriors were temporarily coached by Mike Brown, as Steve Kerr tested positive for COVID-19.

The Grizzlies were leading the first three-quarters of the game, with 41-38 at halftime and 69-62 after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, however, Stephen Curry took over the game as his jumper from the baseline helped the Warriors tie the game with a bit more than three minutes left.

Curry was then fouled and sent to the free-throw line several times giving him the chance to score eight consecutive free throws in the final 45 seconds to give the Warriors a 101-95 lead.

Dillon Brooks hit a long-range 3-pointer at the buzzer, but couldn't change the result. He finished with 12 points and eight assists for the Grizzlies.

Curry led the Warriors with 32 points and eight assists, Andrew Wiggins added 17 points, while Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole scored 14 points apiece.

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