Al Horford and Jayson Tatum each scored 30 points and led the Boston Celtics’ fourth-quarter comeback in a 116-108 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night that tied their Eastern Conference semifinal at two games apiece. .
The two teams have alternated wins in this best-of-seven series, which continues Wednesday with Game 5 in Boston. Horford had 16 points and Tatum 12 in the fourth quarter alone to help the Celtics move past the defending NBA champion. Bucks 43-28 in the final period.
Horford’s 30 points were a career playoff high for the 35-year veteran. Tatum scored eight points and Horford had six during a 14-2 run that put the Celtics ahead for good and gave them a 106-96 lead. with 3:33 left to play.
The Bucks wouldn’t cut the margin below six the rest of the way. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points, 18 rebounds and five assists for the Bucks. Tatum had 13 points and five assists while recovering from a poor Game 3, when he scored 10 points and shot 4 of 19.
Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart each added 18 points for the Celtics. Horford sparked the rally after Boston trailed by 11 points late in the third quarter. The Celtics tied the game when Horford capped a 10-0 run by driving the line base and dunk while fouling Antetokounmpo with 9:51 left.
Horford, who is normally not very expressive on the court, celebrated the dunk by yelling and waving his fists. When Horford landed after completing his dunk, his left arm hit Antetokounmpo’s face, resulting in a technical foul.
Jrue Holiday and Horford each made free throws to make it 81-81.