Celtics level Bucks NBA playoff series

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Al Horford and Jayson Tatum have scored 30 points apiece and led the Boston Celtics' fourth-quarter comeback in a 116-108 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks that tied their Eastern Conference semi-final at two games apiece.

The teams have alternated victories in this best-of-seven series, which continues on Wednesday with Game 5 in Boston.

Horford scored 16 points and Tatum 12 in the fourth quarter alone on Monday to help the Celtics outscore the defending NBA champion Bucks 43-28 in the final period. Horford's 30 points were a career playoff high for the 35-year-old veteran.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points, 18 rebounds and five assists to lead Milwaukee, who also got 17 points from Brook Lopez and 16 from Jrue Holiday.

Tatum also had 13 rebounds and five assists to bounce back from a poor Game 3, when he had 10 points and shot 4 for 19. Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart each added 18 points for the Celtics.

Horford sparked the rally after Boston trailed by 11 late in the third quarter, driving the baseline and dunking while drawing a foul on Antetokounmpo. Horford, who normally isn't very expressive on the court, celebrated by screaming and pumping his fists.

As Horford landed after completing his slam, his left arm hit Antetokounmpo's face, resulting in a technical foul. Holiday and Horford each sank free throws to make it 81-all.

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 advantage.

Boston were playing without Robert Williams while Milwaukee missed three-time All-Star forward Khris Middleton for a seventh straight game, also with a knee injury.

In San Francisco, Stephen Curry converted eight free throws over the final 45.7 seconds on the way to 32 points, leading Golden States's fourth-quarter comeback for a 101-98 victory over Memphis.

It gave the Warriors a 3-1 lead over the Grizzlies in the Western Conference semifinals.

Curry also dished out eight assists and grabbed five rebounds as Golden State rallied to win without coach Steve Kerr after he tested positive for COVID-19 less than two hours before tipoff.

Curry took charge just like he has so many times on the playoff stage and now his Warriors are one win from a trip to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2019.

He tied it at 90 on a fall-away baseline jumper with 3:25 to go and his two free throws with 45.7 seconds to go gave the Warriors a 94-93 lead, their first of the night.

Tyus Jones had 19 points, six rebounds and five assists as Memphis missed injured All-Star Ja Morant.

Dillon Brooks returned from a one-game suspension and struggled mightily, missing a 3-point try with 53 seconds left and finishing 5 for 19 with 12 points, eight assists and five rebounds.

Andrew Wiggins had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Klay Thompson scored 14 points despite missing all seven of his 3-point attempts for the cold-shooting Warriors, who didn't have to contend with Morant this time.

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