The Milwaukee Bucks had 42 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo and some fans in the last play of the game to beat the Boston Celtics 103-101 this Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee. The defending champions are 2-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinal series and have one more game at home on Monday to take advantage of the duel.
The Celtics started the fourth quarter 12 down, but turned the score 100-99 with 1:49 on the clock. Then, Giannis scored 2 points, Jaylen Brown missed a layup and Jrue Holiday opened 3 for the Bucks. On the last throw, Marcus Smart was fouled and hit the first free throw. Then, he missed on purpose and the ball was loose in the air. After a battle, Horford managed to push her into the basket, but within a hundredths of a second, the clock had already burst.
Giannis Antetokounmpo climbs into the basket — Photo: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
The Greek star finished with 12 rebounds and 8 assists, in addition to 42 points. Holiday had 25 with 7 rebounds. Brook Lopez had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Pat Connaughton came off the bench to score 11 points with 8 rebounds. on defense, the team managed to limit Jayson Tatum to just 10 points, with 4 baskets in 19 court attempts, 0 of 6 from the perimeter. The sub-critical performance was instrumental in the Bucks’ victory.
Milwaukee had ample dominance of the paint, with 52 points to 32 of the Celtics. In the transition game, the home team made it 21 to 11. Jaylen Brown was Boston’s top scorer, with 27 points, in addition to 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Al Horford scored 22, with 12 in the last period alone. He led the Celtics’ reaction, which ended up insufficient for an away win. The next opportunity to regain the lead on the court is on Monday, at 20:30, with Sportv2 broadcast.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (42 pts, 12 rebs, 8 asts)
Jrue Holiday (25 pts, 7 rebs, 3 steals)
Brook Lopez (13 pts, 10 rebs)
Pat Connaughton (11 pts, 8 rebs)
Bobby Portis (9 pts, 7 rebs)
Jaylen Brown (27 pts, 12 rebs, 4 asts)
Al Horford (22 pts, 16 rebs, 5 asts, 4 baskets of three)
Derrick White (14 pts)
Jayson Tatum (10 pts, 4 stumps)
Robert Williams (10 pts, 5 rebs, 4 asts, 3 blocks)
Grant Williams (9 pts, 6 rebs, 3 blocks)
Marcus Smart (9 pts)
Giannis Antetokounmpo vibrates in Milwaukee — Photo: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Points generated by turnovers
Jayson Tatum climbs into the dunk over Giannis Antetokounmpo – Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images
points in the bottle
second chance points
Bucks 40/99 (40.4%)
Celtics 32/87 (37.6%)
Bucks 9/34 (26.5%)
Celtics 9/33 (27.3%)
Bucks 14/17 (82.4%)
Celtics 28/34 (82.4%)
Scoring chart — Photo: NBA
First period – Bucks 22 to 19: The low score of the first half showed the strength of the defenses and the difficulty of the three-line. The Celtics hit 1 of 7 from the perimeter. The Bucks, 2 of 10. Giannis had 8 points and 4 rebounds. On the other side, Jaylen Brown had 6 points and 5 rebounds. Tatum hit just 1 of 5 from the court for 2 points.
Second period – Celtics 31 to 24: Boston scored the last 7 points of the split and ended the first half ahead, after 10 lead changes and 10 draw occasions. Both teams continued to perform poorly on the perimeter. The Bucks went 26-12 in the paint. Giannis scored a 12 in the partial, a total of 20. Brown scored a 10. Score from 50 to 46 in the break.
Al Horford has great performance in the last period — Photo: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Third period – Bucks 32 to 17: Milwaukee’s defense limited the Celtics to 17 points in the partial. Jayson Tatum was the disappointment of the afternoon, with just 3 of 17 on the court for 8 points. On the other side, Holiday had a 12 in the end, a total of 21. Giannis had an 11, a total of 31. No one in Boston had gone above a 12 so far. Score from 80 to 67.
Fourth period – Bucks 34 to 23: Al Horford had scored 10 points in the first three quarters. He scored 12 in the last period alone and led the reaction of the Celtics, who turned the score 100 to 99 with 1:49 on the clock. Then, Giannis scored 2 points, Brown missed a layup and Holiday opened 3 for the Bucks.
On the last throw, Smart was fouled and hit the first free throw. Then, he missed on purpose and the ball was loose in the air. After a battle, Horford managed to push her into the basket, but within a hundredths of a second, the clock had already burst. Hard-fought Bucks win 2-1 in the series.
Game 1 (5/1) – Celtics 101 x 89 Bucks
Game 2 (5/3) – Celtics 109 x 86 Bucks
Game 3 (05/07) – Bucks 103 x 101 Celtics
Game 4 (09/05) – Bucks v Celtics, at 8:30 pm (sportv2)
Game 5 (5/11) – Celtics v Bucks at 8pm
Game 6 (5/13) – Bucks v Celtics, time to be determined (if necessary)
Game 7 (5/15) – Celtics v Bucks, time to be determined (if necessary)