The Milwaukee Bucks regain the lead against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The reigning NBA champion won 107-110 on Wednesday evening and needs only one more win to advance to the conference final.
Maarten DelvauxSource† BELGA
Greek star player Giannis Antetokounmpo once again stood out among the visitors. He was the biggest contributor to the Bucks’ third win against the Celtics with 40 points and 11 rebounds. The home team, however, had a 14-point lead in the last quarter, but eventually fell.
Friday night, Milwaukee can finish the job in-house. If the Celtics win, a seventh and decisive game follows in Boston. The winner will play in the Eastern Conference final against Miami or Philadelphia. In that meeting, the Heat leads 3-2 against the 76ers.
The Golden State Warriors missed their first chance on Wednesday evening to reach the final of the Western Conference. Stephen Curry and co went down without a chance against Memphis: 134-95.
The Grizzlies had to do without their injured strongman Ja Morant but in his absence no less than seven players signed for at least 10 points. The sixth game will follow on Friday evening, at the Chase Center in San Francisco, the home of the Warriors. The winner can look forward to a battle in the conference final with Phoenix or Dallas. The Suns have a 3-2 lead against the Mavericks.