BOSTON — For the fourth time prior to now six seasons, the Boston Celtics are headed to the Japanese Convention finals. The hope is that this time, they will take it one step additional.
To try this, they’ll should do precisely what the TD Backyard crowd began chanting late within the fourth quarter: “Beat the Warmth.”
Grant Williams had a career-high 27 factors, Jayson Tatum had 23 factors and the Celtics hit a playoff franchise-record 22 3-pointers because the Celtics defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 109-81 in Sport 7 on the TD Backyard on Sunday afternoon.
Within the earlier three Japanese Convention finals, Boston has come up brief. However after the Celtics bought by means of the defending champions on Sunday, there’s hope this yr may mark the storied franchise’s first journey to the NBA Finals since 2010.
However as a way to get there, the Celtics must undergo the top-seeded Miami Warmth. That best-of-seven sequence begins on Tuesday in Miami.
Williams had by no means tried greater than eight 3-pointers in a recreation earlier than this sequence. He was 6-of-9 from deep in Sport 2 however blew these makes an attempt out of the water in Sport 7 in file style.
His 18 makes an attempt are probably the most ever tried in a Sport 7 in NBA historical past. It additionally ties Ray Allen for probably the most 3-point makes an attempt ever by a Celtics participant — and that was a triple-overtime recreation towards the Bulls in 2009. His seven makes ties him with Stephen Curry (twice) and Marcus Morris for probably the most 3-pointers in a Sport 7.
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Williams didn’t enter the NBA as a 3-point shooter. Actually, he made solely 15 3s throughout his ultimate season at Tennessee and solely 30 in his profession as a Volunteer. He shot 25% as a rookie from 3 however improved that to 37.2% final season. This season, he upped each his quantity and his proportion as he nailed 41.1% of his makes an attempt whereas taking pictures 3.4 a recreation.
However towards the Bucks, Williams had struggled since his Sport 2 efficiency, going simply 2-of-14 from deep in his previous 4 video games. Due to that, Milwaukee determined to go away Williams open for many of the recreation. He responded by hitting the primary shot he took, a 3 from the left wing. From there, he continued to fireplace away.
Boston completed the sport taking pictures 22-of-54 from 3-point vary whereas the Bucks struggled mightily, going simply 4-of-32.
Based on ESPN Stats & Data analysis, that’s the biggest 3-point differential in a Sport 7 in NBA historical past and tied for the biggest 3-point differential in any playoff recreation (Golden State had 21 to Oklahoma Metropolis’s 3 in Sport 6 of the 2016 Western Convention finals).
The Japanese Convention finals begin on Tuesday evening in Miami.