Jhe Boston Celtics stole Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals from the Milwaukee dollars Monday at the Fiserv Forum with a 30-point performance by a 35-year-old big man Al Horford.
With Robert WilliamsIII being a late scratch for Boston, Grant Williams took his place in the starting lineup but it was Horford who made up for the Time Lord’s absence. Horford scored a 30 career playoff pointswith more than half of his offensive contribution in the fourth quarter.
Al Horford dies in the fourth
Milwaukee led by seven points to open the last frame but quickly fell behind on the scoreboard after making a 11-1 goal streak. Horford reclaimed the visitors’ lead with a 3-pointer to help Boston beat Milwaukee 43-28 in the final 12 minutes.
After the two teams traded leads for a few minutes, Horford regained the lead for the Celtics and they never looked back. Jayson Tatum also had 30 points and scored some huge shots on the heels to secure the victory.
Tatum also added 13 rebounds in 42 minutes of action. Smart Marcus and Jaylen Brown scored 18 points each and Derrick White got 11 points off the bench.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scores the match record
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a game-high 34 points and 18 rebounds, but was exhausted in critical time, making it clear that Kris Middleton (injury) is missed over the matches. Lopez Creek and Holiday Jrue scored 17 and 16 points respectively, Wesley Matthews added 12, and Pat Connaughton obtained 11.
It’s the first time in the series that Boston has scored more quick break points than Milwaukee. In Game 2, a 20-point loss to the Bucks, they both had only six quick break points; this time, the Celtics scored three more than the home team.
Milwaukee led by no less than 11 points in the third quarter, but Horford and Tatum showed up in the fourth stanza to tie the series at two apiece. Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11 at 4:00 p.m. PT at TD garden.