4 takeaways from game 7

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Williams set a record for most 3-point attempts in a game 7.

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Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum dribbles the ball in the first quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

For a while, the Celtics looked like they might run into trouble offensively in Game 7 against the Bucks.

Then Grant Williams morphed into 2017 Kelly Olynyk, the Bucks went stone cold and the Celtics holed their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals for the third time in six years with a dominant 109-81 win over the Bucks — and then sent the defending champion home a bruise series.

The Bucks made it clear from the jump that they had no intention of guarding Williams or Derrick White in a crucial game in order to keep Brook Lopez on the ground as often as possible.

Williams started slow – just 2:7 from three after a cold spell – but finished 7:18 from deep, breaking the NBA record for most 3-point attempts in Game 7. As a result, the Celtics ran from a large lead and turned TD Garden into a party for most of the fourth quarter.

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2. Overall, the Celtics outplayed the Bucks 66-12 from 3-point range. That disparity is almost impossible to cross, and indeed, as they wore the bucks down, the lead stretched and stretched.

3. Jayson Tatum committed his fourth foul midway through the third quarter and the Celtics – who were 12 at the time – quickly put him down. During that stretch, the Celtics actually increased their lead to 15 before the end of the quarter. When Tatum came back, Antetokounmpo looked exhausted and the rest of the bucks seemed exhausted.

4. The Celtics will face the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Game 1 takes place in Miami on Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

We will have more takeaways later in the evening.

https://www.boston.com/sports/boston-celtics/2022/05/15/grant-williams-celtics-bucks-game-7/ 4 takeaways from game 7

Matthew Hallett

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