BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics are in the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals after knocking out the defending champs, 109-81 over the Milwaukee Bucks. Boston did it with a 3-point barrage in the Game 7 victory, nailing 22 from beyond the arc. Grant Williams was the Celtics’ long-range master, hitting seven treys and scoring a career-high 27 points. Jayson Tatum had 23 points for the Celtics, who will face the top-seeded Heat in Miami on Tuesday.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Mavericks have cruised into the NBA’s Western Conference finals by building a 30-point halftime lead in a 123-90 blowout over the top-seeded Suns in Phoenix. Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch), Spencer Dinwiddie and Jalen Brunson accounted for 89 points, with Doncic delivering 35 with 10 rebounds. Dinwiddie poured in 30 points and Brunson chipped in 24 while the Mavs held the Phoenix starting lineup to 37 points.