Throughout the playoffs, Jayson Tatum and Jaylon Brown have been the players that have driven the Boston Celtics to success, but last night it was center Al Horford that produced a career-best display to drive the Celtics to a come-from-behind victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Celtics 116-108 victory was based on the back of a fantastic offensive effort in the final quarter, where the Celtics outscored their opponents by 15 points to claim the victory and level the series between these two well-matched opponents at 2-2.
Not only that, but the win has seen the Celtics odds cut on winning the NBA Championship down to +450, while the odds on the Milwaukee Bucks have drifted out to +800, both those prices with PointsBet Sportsbook
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A Tale Of Two Dunks
After a close first half, that saw the teams separated by just one point at the interval, the
standout moment in the opening two quarters was when Giannis Antetokounmpo (who claimed 34 points, 18 rebounds and five assists) dunked on Horford and then stared the Celtic center down, mouthing something at his opponent.
That drew a technical foul and it certainly riled Horford.
“I don’t really know what he said to me,” Horford explained after the game.
“But the way he was looking at me and the way he was going about it, really didn’t sit well with me.”
“At that point, I think just something switched with me in the game”
Late in the third quarter, with the Celtics down by 11, Horford was the inspiration behind a fine comeback, where the Celtics went 16 of 19 overall and 4 of 5 from 3-point range in the final quarter. Horford hitting all of his six shots, Tatum five of six.
Both Celtics stars would end with 30 points.
The key moment came with the Celtics two behind when Horford got to the basket to dunk on Antetokounmpo, earning himself a technical foul for catching the Greek Freak in the face with his arm.
However, the way the usually calm Horford celebrated the dunk with a scream and double fist-pump told you everything you needed to know about how important that score was for the Celtics.
The center made several other key plays in the Celtics victory which now sees them head back to Boston with the series tied after three close games between the two.
Underwhelming Dubs Still Claim Key Victory Over Morant-less Grizzlies
With no Ja Morant, the Memphis Grizzlies were hoping that the Golden State Warriors
would have an off-day on offense.
The Warriors duly did, but the Dubs still held on to land a crucial victory to take a decisive 3-1 lead heading into the fifth game in San Francisco later this week.
Steph Curry connected for 32 points, but even he had a decidedly average game, while Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson both could only muster 14 points.
That allowed the Grizzlies to stay in touch despite losing Morant for the game and in the end, it took a superb block from Draymond Green on defense to preserve the Warriors lead and claim the victory.
With Mike Brown standing in for head coach Steve Kerr, after the latter tested positive for Covid after feeling unwell before the game, the Warriors clinched what could be a crucial win in the series.
Brown last took control of the Warriors in 2018, when he led them to an 11-0 record during the playoffs in their title winning season.
The Warriors are now +210 to win the NBA Championship after their key victory last night, those odds with PointsBet Sportsbook.