BOSTON – Jianz Antotouknampo couldn’t stop Jason Tatum from hitting a “tough, tough, tough” shot. Then the reigning MVP of the year and the defensive player missed the easiest one.
Tied to Tatum Fallway, An’s season opener ahead of second point in the final.
“Ever since I was little, I’ve always wanted to be in that position,” said Tatum, who scored 30 points. “Whether it goes down or not, I work hard for it. You just want to be in that moment. “
For Boston, Jelen Brown has 33 points, leading by 17 points in the fourth quarter. The Celtics trailed 120-119 when Tatum pressed a high-bar 3 over Antotounpo before kissing the glass from 6.9 seconds before lowering the clockwise.
“I think by dropping the ball in the basket, I’m not sure we could have saved Tatum as much as we did,” said box coach Mike Budenholzer. “I thought Giannis had done a great job individually, had a great competition. To the credit of Tatum, he did bank at 3 at the end of the hour. “
Antotounppo called it a “tough, tough, tough 3.” Tatum said the glass was not actually part of the plan.
“Once I left it I knew it would hit the backboard,” he said. “But I didn’t necessarily try.”
The incoming inbound pass was thrown to the rim and Antotoucampo tried to press it, but he was fouled. He made the first foul shot, but bounced the second from the front of the rim.
“Obviously, you have some weight on your shoulders because if you know you miss, this is for your team,” said Antotounpo, who scored 18 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter. “I’m victorious. I want to do whatever it takes to win my team. But you learn from every situation you put in basketball.”
Christ Middleton had 27 points and 14 rebounds and the big off-season acquisition made 25 points for Jeru Holiday Milwaukee. The book has the best record in every NBA in the last two seasons, but it did not reach the pre-conference finals.
Milwaukee nine points in the middle of the second quarter, 48-39, 10 points straight from Boston’s next 23 and 19 runs ahead. Boston led 101-64 after three, but Antecompo beat the Celtics 10-2 in two minutes. The 10-point Celtics will expand to fourth midfield to cut the lead at 109-107.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said, “We got pretty good results and ticked.”
The Celtics observed a moment of silence for Tommy Heinson before the game and played a tribute video in the first break for players, coaches and broadcasters who have been with the team for more than a break0 years and received 117 NBA titles.
Hainsohan, who died last month at the age of 86, won eight championships in nine years as a Celtic player from 195 to 1955. He won three more titles as a coach and was the fourth person to become both a player and coach of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Celtics dropped eight of their championship banners to Courtside, choosing the one they thought was the special meaning of Heinzone.
Box: During the game, Box used their fourth-year team option on guard Dont Devensenjo in the 2021-22 season. Divinchenjo had 15 points and five assists.
Celtics: Newcomer Jeff Tigu scored 19 points in 25 minutes and Tristan Thompson scored 12 points and eight rebounds.
The next one is coming
Box: Host Golden State on Friday.
Celtics: Host the Brooklyn Nets for Christmas at 5pm This will be Cree Irving’s first regular-season game in Boston after leaving the Celtics.