For the fourth consecutive season, the NBA will have a different champion.
In a grueling seven-game series between Milwaukee and Boston, the Celtics emerged victorious.
Boston defeated Milwaukee 109-81 on Sunday, marking the first time a team has won consecutive games in this series. Boston avoided elimination in Game 6 on the road and then knocked off the defending champions.
The Celtics will play the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals, starting with Game 1 Tuesday in Miami (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).
The stars came to play with their seasons on the line.
Bucks All-NBA forward Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points, 20 rebounds and nine assists, and Boston’s Jaylen Brown had 19 points, eight rebounds and two steals, and Jayson Tatum had 23 points. Marcus Smart added 11 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for Boston.
The Celtics outscored the Bucks 51-21 on 3-pointers in Game 6 on Friday, and they outscored them 66-12 in Game 7 on Sunday – an 84-point difference over two games.