The Boston Celtics looked to make amends for their fourth quarter collapse in Game 5’s gut-wrenching loss. They started off on the right track to open Game 6.
The 3-point shots were falling for Boston and they were able to contain the Bucks. They had no answer for the league’s best player, Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak scored 17 of his team-high 44 points in the first quarter, and kept the Bucks alive while the Celtics were sizzling from beyond the arch.
Both teams continued to battle for the rest of the first half but the Celtics were able to push their lead all the way to double-digits by halftime.
The second half is where things began to really heat up and fans saw championship level basketball from both teams. Boston kept their foot on the gas with aggressive play to keep the Bucks away but Giannis kept responding in full force. The Celtics were able to weather the Giannis storm and entered the fourth quarter with a 82-70 lead which put them in an eerily similar position to Game 5, where they dominated for three quarters and entered the fourth quarter with a double-digit lead.
The fear and doubt that begun to creep in the minds of fans who recalled the events of the previous game seemed to affect the players on the court as well. Milwaukee came out firing and cut the lead down to just six points with an 8-0 run. It was unclear if the Celtics would fold under pressure or correct their mistakes from the previous game. Jayson Tatum decided to correct those mistakes himself
The 3x all-star checked back into the game after that 8-0 run and regained control of this game for the Boston Celtics. He scored the next 11 points for Boston en route to 16 in the quarter. The Celtics walked away with a 108-95 road win to set up a deciding Game 7 in Boston.
There was obviously a lot of positives and very few negatives from such an excellent team performance and here are our picks for 1 stud and 1 dud performance for the exciting victory.