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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 46 points, outdueling Giannis Antetokounmpo and making sure there wouldn’t be another Milwaukee Bucks fourth-quarter comeback, and the Boston Celtics beat the defending champions 108-95 on Friday night to force a seventh game in their Eastern Conference semifinal.

The third straight victory for a road team sets up a winner-take-all game Sunday in Boston. The victor heads to Miami to begin an East finals matchup with the top-seeded Heat on Tuesday.

Boston showed its grit by bouncing back two nights after blowing a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead in a 110-107 Game 5 home loss. The Bucks tried to rally again after trailing by 14 points in the final period, but this time Tatum kept the Celtics on top and kept their season alive.

Antetokounmpo had 44 points, 20 rebounds and six assists. His 20 rebounds were one off his career high.

Jaylen Brown scored 22 and Marcus Smart had 21 for the Celtics, who capitalized on their superiority from 3-point range. The Celtics were 17 of 43 and the Bucks 7 of 27 from beyond the arc.

Antetokounmpo tried to lead the Bucks to a second straight improbable comeback.

Boston led 84-70 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter and was up 84-73 when officials ruled Grant Williams had drawn a charge for Antetokounmpo’s fifth foul. But the Bucks challenged the call and it was overturned on replay, instead sending Antetokounmpo to the line with four fouls.

Antetokounmpo made both free throws to start an 8-0 run that got the Bucks back into the game. The Bucks trimmed the margin to 85-81 on Antetokounmpo’s 3-pointer with 8:42 left.

Tatum wouldn’t let the Bucks get any closer.

After that 8-0 Bucks spurt, Tatum scored the Celtics’ next 11 points. That included a fadeaway jumper as the shot clock expired to get the lead back to six plus a couple of 3-pointers.

Tatum and Brown each hit a 3-pointer during an 8-0 spurt that closed with Smart’s jumper that made it 100-87 with 4:20 remaining.

Boston maintained a double-digit edge the rest of the way.

MISSING PLAYERS

The Celtics played without forward/center Robert Williams for a third straight game.

Celtics coach Ime Udoka said Williams suffered a bone bruise in his left knee while colliding with Antetokounmpo in Game 3.

Milwaukee was missing three-time All-Star forward Khris Middleton for a ninth consecutive game. Middleton sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during Game 2 of the Bucks’ first-round series with the Chicago Bulls.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Tatum has scored at least 30 points in three straight games. … After going a combined 5 of 27 on 3-point attempts in Games 3-5, Tatum was 7 of 15 on Friday. … The Celtics were 10 of 17 from 3-point range in the game’s first 14 1/2 minutes.

Bucks: A moment of silence was held before the game to honor Hall of Famer Bob Lanier, who died Tuesday at the age of 73. Lanier played for the Bucks from 1980-84, and his No. 16 jersey hangs from the Fiserv Forum rafters. … An estimated 10,000 fans filled the Deer District outside Fiserv Forum.

CREW CHIEF CHANGE

Scott Foster, the scheduled crew chief for Game 6, couldn’t officiate because of an illness unrelated to COVID-19. Eric Lewis took over as crew chief with Ben Taylor working as the referee and Tre Maddox as the umpire.

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DENVER (AP) — C.J. Cron hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in a three-run eighth inning, and the Colorado Rockies stopped their 12-game losing streak against San Francisco by rallying past the Giants 5-3 on Wednesday.

Logan Webb retired 16 straight batters in pursuit of becoming the major leagues’ first six-game winner and led 3-2 when pinch-hitter Connor Joe singled leading off the eighth.

José Álvarez (1-1) relieved, Charlie Blackmon sacrificed and Yonathan Daza extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single.

Cron followed with a 454-foot drive to left on a 3-1 changeup for his 10th home run. It was the first homer allowed by Alvarez since May 29.

“It was huge,” said Cron, who hadn’t homered since May 3. “We haven’t been playing the best baseball recently, especially at home. So to be able to get that one today, especially against those guys — we haven’t had much success against them either — it was a big game for us.”

Blackmon hit his 37th leadoff home run and Brendan Rodgers added an RBI single in the first for Colorado, which stopped a three-game skid overall.

Tyler Kinley (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Daniel Bard pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save after blowing his last opportunity as the Rockies ended two seasons worth of frustration against San Francisco. The consecutive losses against one opponent had neared the Colorado record of 16 to Atlanta from 1993-94.

After walking two in the second, Webb got out of trouble and used a dominant slider to shut down the Rockies through seven innings with six strikeouts.

“He was cruising up to that point,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “It was a consideration to not have him go back out (for the eighth), but he felt good and we felt good about it.”

Mike Yastrzemski, who entered 20 for 59 over the previous 17 games, was dropped to ninth in the Giants order against a lefty starter.

He delivered an RBI single in a two-run second and had a leadoff double and scored the go-ahead run on Darin Ruf’s sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Kyle Freeland needed 65 pitches through three innings but settled down to allow seven hits and strike out eight in six innings.

Blackmon pulled an 0-2 changeup to right in what was only the second homer allowed by Webb in 41 1/3 innings.

“I pride myself on even if I don’t have great stuff to try to win the game,” Webb said. “And we didn’t win the game. But there are some good takeaways from it.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: Tommy La Stella was out of the lineup against a lefty starting pitcher, but was feeling fine in his return from Achilles’ tendon surgery, Kapler said.

Rockies: Kris Bryant (back) hit an opposite-field double, reached on an error, grounded out and struck out Wednesday as the DH in his second and last scheduled rehab game with Triple-A Albuquerque. Bryant, out since April 25, went 2 for 7 over the two games in Salt Lake City. “We’re hopeful that he’ll be back with us on Friday,” manager Bud Black said. The Rockies optioned RHP Ashton Goudeau to Triple-A after the game to open a roster spot.

HERE YOU GO, MOM

Rockies catcher Brian Serven fouled off the first pitch in his first major league at-bat. And his mother ended up with the ball.

It landed just over the heads of the Serven family, and a fan nearby gave them the souvenir.

Serven went 0 for 2 in his debut before being pinch-hit for in the eighth. The 27-year-old California native was a fifth-round pick out of Arizona State in 2016.

ODD DAY

A fan ran onto the field about an hour before the game holding what appeared to be hedge clippers or bolt cutters. He was subdued by security and later pinned against the wall in the tunnel beyond left field. Then a ball person picked up Thairo Estrada’s fair ball down the left-field line and tossed it into the stands in the sixth. Estrada was given a double.

UP NEXT

Giants: RHP Jakob Junis (1-1, 1.74 ERA) is to start the opener of a six-game homestand Friday night against San Diego LHP Sean Manaea (2-3, 3.77). LHP Carlos Rodón will start Saturday and LHP Alex Wood on Sunday.

Rockies: In the midst of the team’s season-long nine-game homestand, RHP Germán Márquez (1-3, 6.16) faces the NL East-leading New York Mets on Friday night. But rain — and later up to 6 inches of snow — are in the forecast through Saturday.

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