Giannis guides Bucks to victory to force Game 7
Giannis Antetokounmpo was immense as he led his Milwaukee to victory in game six against Boston Celtics on Thursday night…
Facing elimination for the first time this playoff campaign, Giannis Antetotkounmpo put on his best performance of the series as he steered his Milwaukee Bucks to a 97-86 win over the Boston Celtics in game six of their first-round playoff series.
Antetokounmpo was relentless as he led all scorers with 31 points while also showing his dominance on the boards with 14 rebounds for his third double-double of the series.
Antetokounmpo was supported by strong shooting nights from teammates Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton, who each scored 16 points on the night.
Boston, meanwhile, saw Jayson Tatum lead the way with 22 points as the Celtics failed to close out the series.
The Bucks, who returned to the BMO Harris Bradley Center trailing 3-2 in the series, didn’t let the pressure get to them as the Bucks held to force a decisive seventh game in Boston on Saturday.
If the Bucks are to take care of business in game seven, Antetokounmpo and company will need to do what they haven’t done since game one of the playoffs last season: win on the road.
Following the game six loss against Boston, the Bucks fell to 0-3 on the road in this series while also falling to 0-5 in their last five road playoff games. In the Bucks’ last nine road playoff games, the team has a dismal 2-7 record.
While the Bucks will have to contend with the pressures of playing on the road, the club will also have to contend with the elevated pressure of game seven which hasn’t boded well historically for the team as the Bucks have an all-time record of 2-7 in game sevens – with the last win coming during their 2000/2001 playoff run against the Charlotte Hornets.