NBA playoffs results: Memphis Grizzlies smash Golden State Warriors, Bucks beat Boston Celtics

Injured star Ja Morant lived on the sidelines as he watched Memphis utterly destroy Golden State in the playoffs.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 40 points and Bobby Portis came in late as defending NBA champions Milwaukee Bucks rallied for a 110-107 victory in Boston to push the Celtics to the brink of playoff elimination.

In Thursday’s other playoff game, Memphis annihilated Golden State 134-95 to stay in their series, bringing it down to 2-3 in the best-of-seven contest.

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What makes the Grizzlies’ huge victory even more remarkable is that they completed the rout without superstar Ja Morant. At one point in the third quarter, Memphis had a staggering 45-point lead — the biggest playoff lead ever by a team facing elimination — before running away with a result that stunned the league.

Morant, injured, was seen laughing openly.

Meanwhile in Boston, reserve forward Portis fended off Antetokounmpo’s missed free throw with 11.4 seconds left to give the Bucks a 108-107 lead.

Jrue Holiday hit a shot attempt from Marcus Smart from the air with 8.1 seconds left before teammate Pat Connaughton added a pair of free throws to seal a comeback triumph for a Bucks side trailing from 14 early in the fourth quarter.

Milwaukee took a 3-2 lead in the best of seven Eastern Conference series and will have a chance to close it when they host Game 6 on Saturday.

Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Antetokounmpo led the way with 40 points and 11 rebounds.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 60 points for the Celtics, who took control with a 28-19 second quarter that saw them take a 54-47 halftime lead.

They held the advantage throughout the third, but the Bucks didn’t back down. Connaughton’s three-point shot with 7:34 left cut the deficit to 98-90 and Holiday added a jump shot to close the gap to 101-99.

Three points from Antetokounmpo and Holiday tied the score at 105-105 with 43.2 seconds left, setting the stage for a dramatic finish.

“It takes a little bit of everything to turn a 13-point or 14-point game over,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.

Holiday added 24 points for Milwaukee while Portis scored 14 and Connaughton 13 off the bench.

“We just fell apart, execution-wise, down the stretch,” said Smart, who scored 15 points for Boston.

“We just didn’t do what we were supposed to do. We didn’t perform when we were supposed to and when it mattered most, they did.

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