Antetokounmpo’s triple-double leads Bucks past Celtics
Milwaukee holds Boston to 33% shooting in game one of their series
BOSTON, Mass. (WSAW) - The Milwaukee Bucks used defense and patience to thunder past the Celtics in game one of their NBA Playoff second-round matchup in Boston 101-89.
The Bucks are still without Khris Middleton, who continues to nurse an injured knee that he sustained in game two of their series with Chicago. The three-seeded Bucks face the two-seed Celtics for the third time in five playoff appearances. Boston swept Brooklyn in their opening series.
The game started close, with the Bucks leading by three at the end of the first quarter. Through strong defense and some big triples by Bucks’ role players like Jevon Carter, Wesley Matthews and Grayson Allen, the Bucks took a ten-point lead into the halftime break. Giannis Antetokounmpo had seven assists at the intermission.
In the second half, Boston stayed within a stone’s throw, thanks to some sharp shooting by their leader Jayson Tatum. However, the defense continued to put the clamps on and even with Antetekounmpo picking up his fourth foul in the third frame, the Bucks still held a lead at the end of the quarter.
The fourth ultimately made a world of difference. The Bucks came out shooting, building their lead and culminating in a Bobby Portis corner three to put Milwaukee up 15, their largest lead to that point. An Antetolounmpo alley-oop off the backboard to himself felt like a dagger as the Bucks went on to seize game one 101-89 in Boston.
Antetokounmpo finished with a triple-double, netting 24 points, 13 boards and 12 assists. Jrue Holiday led Milwaukee in scoring with 25, while Portis chipped in 11. Tatum led the way for Boston with 21 points, but the Bucks held Boston to just 33% shooting in the game.
Game two of the series will be Tuesday night in Boston, a 6:00 p.m. tip.
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