The Celtics needed to win Game 6 to stay alive against the Bucks and Jayson Tatum took on Giannis Antetokounmpo in an epic face-off to do so.
With the Boston Celtics poised for elimination and traveling to Milwaukee for Game 6 in their second round against the Bucks, the call from many fans was simple: It’s time for Jayson Tatum to show he’s a superstar and step up.
Suffice it to say he did – but not without opposition from Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.
It was an epic clash between two superstars putting on a show on Friday night and working at full capacity. Antetkounmpo had a monster night with 44 points, 20 rebounds and six assists. But Tatum would not be outdone as he held on with 46 points, nine boards and four assists, including dominance in the fourth quarter to help the Celtics to a crucial victory that forces a Game 7 in the series.
Jayson Tatum trumps Giannis Antetokounmpo to give Celtics Game 6: NBA Twitter reacts
After such a monstrous performance by two superstars on a massive stage, NBA Twitter couldn’t help but applaud and appreciate the duel.
Even better, there’s more to come as the Celtics’ win forced Game 7 in the series.
As great as the two stars were, particularly Tatum in the fourth quarter for Boston, it was the Celtics’ support around their star that potentially made all the difference.
While Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown amassed 21 and 22 points, respectively, to help their teammate, only one Bucks starter outside of Giannis amassed more than six points (Jrue Holiday at 17) and Pat Connaughton was the only other player for Milwaukee in double figures Area .
If the Bucks want to progress further to defend their title with a Game 7 win in Boston, they’ll need more than just the Greek Freak to find that path.
https://fansided.com/2022/05/13/jayson-tatum-giannis-antetokounmpo-duel-game-6-nba-twitter-reactions/ NBA Twitter goes all-in in the epic Game 6 duel between Jayson Tatum and Giannis Antetokounmpo