C’s Advance To 2nd Round With Blowout Win In Game 7
The series was close, going a full seven games, but the Boston Celtics made it seem like they were playing a G-League team, Saturday night, in their 112-96, series clinching win over the Milwaukee Bucks at the TD Garden.
Though the series went the distance, there was little doubt the C's would likely advance, thanks to the home team's controlling each game. In fact, Boston won their four home games in the series by an average of just over 10 points per game, while the Bucks were victorious by an average of more than 12 points per game in their three home games.
Boston came out of the gate, Saturday, looking to keep the trend going, as they hopped out to an impressive 13 point lead after the first quarter. From there, it was smooth sailing for the C's, who outscored Milwaukee in every quarter but the second.
The Celtics were carried by the trio of Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Terry Rozier, who combined for 72 of the team's 112 points on the evening.
Rozier and Horford really helped to lead the team throughout the series, as Rozier average 17.6 points and 6.7 assists per game and Horford led the team with an average of 18.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.
Boston will now move on to play the third seeded Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the postseason.
Philly, who disposed of the sixth seeded Miami Heat in five games, came on strong toward the end of the regular season and have been cruising as of late.
Boston will have to continue to work with a makeshift lineup, due to injuries, though the did get Marcus Smart back midway through the opening series.
The series will kick off Monday night at 8:00 PM at the TD Garden.