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Chad Finn
Jayson Tatum (right) and Marcus Smart take the high route after a job well done.

Jayson Tatum makes his Celtics teammates better and that is why he has cracked the code for true NBA superstardom

Tatum didn't have to carry the Celtics in Game 7, so instead he became a facilitator and a defender.

HIGH SCHOOLS
MVP Meg Olbrys looks to the hoop while being watched by Cortney Howell of Next Level.

Inaugural Battle New England All-Star Tournament, in honor of Medina Dixon, meets high expectations

The three-day event featured "very high-level, good basketball" according to Al McClain, who organized the weekend of games in memory of his late cousin.

Christopher L. Gasper
Grant Williams had seven 3-pointers and a career-high 27 points against the Bucks.

Grant Williams is the catalyst in Celtics’ victory

Williams led the Celtics in scoring for the first time in his career with a 7 for 18 3-point outing that couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK
The 25-25 start to Ime Udoka's first season on the Celtics bench feels a distant memory as his team heads to the Eastern Conference finals.

One thing is clear: Ime Udoka brings ‘poise,’ and it’s how the Celtics rallied from down 3-2 to win this series

“I’ve come in with a fresh set of eyes and perspective to seeing what we have, to see the growth and the possibilities,” Udoka said Sunday night. “So I’ve always been on them about that.”

Gary Washburn | On Basketball
Jayson Tatum (left) and the Celtics were simply better than Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks.

The Celtics navigated three tough days — and a tough season — with trust and belief in each other

Despite a heartbreaking Game 5 loss, the Celtics have been resilient and mentally tough.

Celtics
Jayson Tatum and Giannis Antetokounmpo salute each other after a series where they went head-to-head for seven memorable games.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has won a title. He thinks the Celtics have what it takes to do the same.

“I wished him the best of luck for him to continue playing great and for his team to hopefully win a championship," Antetokounmpo said of Tatum.

CELTICS 109, BUCKS 81
Marcus Smart was one of the many Celtics who set the TD Garden crowd ablaze on Sunday, his double-double part of another calling-card performance by the defense.

‘We didn’t want it to be over:’ How the Celtics marched past the defending champs and into the Eastern Conference finals

The Bucks deployed their big men on Williams and essentially dared him to make a shot by sagging back in the paint. He scored a game-high 27, breaking the NBA Game 7 record with 18 3-point attempts.

Celtics 109, Bucks 81
Jayson Tatum pumps the crowd up with the Celtics up big in the fourth quarter of Game 7.

How it happened: Celtics demolish Bucks, 109-81, to advance to Eastern Conference finals

Grant Williams led all scorers with 27 points. The Celtics will face the Miami Heat in a seven-game series that opens Tuesday in Miami.