The Boston Celtics came up big on the road in Milwaukee and tied this best-of-seven second-round series against the Bucks 2-2.
The Celtics defeated the Bucks 116-108 with Jayson Tatum leading the way and an unlikely source contributing on offense, Al Horford. Horford spoke postgame about his motivation and his team’s motivation to tie this series.
“We all understood the importance of this game,” Horford said postgame. “We felt at the end of Game 3 we were in position to win the game, and we didn’t. I was just really locked in. I understood the moment, what we needed to do as a group. I really just did whatever it took tonight. It was one of those type of nights.”
The big man scored 30 points on 11-for-14 shooting from the field; he also knocked down 5-for-7 from the three-point line and grabbed eight rebounds while dishing out three assists. Horford spoke postgame about his motivation to go off in Game 4 (his slight altercation with Giannis Antetokounmpo).
“I don’t really know what he said to me, but the way he was looking at me and the way he was going about it, really didn’t sit well with me,” Horford said. “At that point, I think just something switched with me in the game.”
Jayson Tatum scored 30 points on 11-for-24 shooting from the field. He knocked down 3-for-10 from the three-point line. Tatum also grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds and dished out five assists. Tatum spoke regarding his strong performance postgame. He also spoke on how it was very necessary considering his struggles in game 3.
“I played a terrible Game 3 and we almost had a chance to win,” Tatum said. “That was really the toughest part, was knowing that. I was really eager to get back and ready to play.”
More Celtics Contributions
- Marcus Smart scored 18 points, grabbed two rebounds, and dished out eight assists.
- Jaylen Brown scored 18 points and grabbed three rebounds.
- Derrick White scored 11 points, grabbed four rebounds, and dished out three assists.
The Celtics travel back home to Boston for a pivotal game 5. The game will take place on Wednesday, 5/11 and tip-off from the TD Garden will take place at 7 pm.