Wed, 25 May 2022

WASHINGTON, May 11 (Xinhua) -- Jrue Holiday delivered a block and a steal within the final 8.1 seconds to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Boston Celtics 110-107 and take a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal of the 2021-22 NBA playoffs on Wednesday.

Boston led most of the game after trailing the first quarter 28-26 and entered the fourth quarter with a nine-point advantage. Milwaukee, however, bounced back and closed the gap in the final minutes when Giannis Antetokounmpo and Holiday each hit a 3-pointer to make it 105-105 with just 42.4 seconds to play.

Bobby Portis then put back Antetokounmpo's missed free throw with 15 seconds left, and Holiday blocked Marcus Smart's layup and stole the ball from him again in Boston's last two plays to seal the comeback win, making them just one win away from the Eastern Conference final.

Antetokounmpo made 16 of 27 shots to score 40 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Holiday added 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Portis finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Tatum led Boston with 34 points, six rebounds and four assists, and Jaylen Brown had 26.

Elsewhere, the Memphis Grizzlies pulled one game back with a 39-point win over the Golden State Warriors 134-95 in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinal to make the series 3-2.

The Grizzlies were still without star player Ja Morant due to injury but started the game strongly and never trailed, as they scored 77 points in the first half, which is the most in franchise playoff history. With the largest lead of 55 points in the third quarter, the game turned into garbage time early on.

Jaren Jackson Jr., Desmond Bane and Tyus Jones each scored 21 points for the Grizzlies, while Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 19 points.

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