Celtics end Bucks’ pursuit of back-to-back championships with Game 7 thrashing

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There will be no repeat NBA champion for the fourth consecutive season.The Boston Celtics knocked out the reigning champion Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 on Sunday 109-81.In the first quarter, the Bucks had things going right for them, outscoring the Celtics 26-20. But the slim lead quickly disappeared in the second half and by halftime Boston was leading by five points and never looked back.CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM
Milwaukee Bucks center Bobby Portis, center, vies for control of the ball with Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, left, and center Al Horford, right, during the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinals playoff series, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Boston.
(AP Photo/Steven Senne)Boston shot 42% from the field and 40% from three-point range.Grant Williams led the way for the Celtics with 27 points with six rebounds and two blocks. Jayson Tatum added 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds and Jaylen Brown had 19 points and four rebounds. Payton Pritchard came off the bench and had 14 points. He made four three-pointers in 17 minutes.Somehow, Boston managed to shoot well from the arc. He team took 55 three-pointers the entire game, making 22 of them. Williams was 7-of-18 from long-range. The Celtics’ hot shooting from downtown was the key difference-maker in the game because Milwaukee couldn’t keep up.STEPHEN CURRY, KLAY THOMPSON SEND WARRIORS INTO WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
 Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics reacts during Game 7 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 15, 2022 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
(Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)Milwaukee was an abysmal 4-of-33 from three-point range. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis were the only ones who made shots from there.Antetokounmpo posted a double-double in the loss. He scored 25 points and had 20 rebounds to go along with nine assists. Jrue Holiday had 21 points, eight assists and five rebounds.The Bucks won the NBA title last season over the Phoenix Suns but their defense has come to an end.The Celtics will get to renew their playoff rivalry with the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line.
Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics dribbles against Wesley Matthews #23 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the second quarter in Game Seven of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals at TD Garden on May 15, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts.
(Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)The two teams last played in the Eastern Conference finals in the Orlando bubble at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Miami got the better of Boston in that series, 4-2. Tatum and Bam Adebayo were the leading scorers for their respective teams.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPGame 1 of the conference finals is set for Tuesday in Miami at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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