Bucks beat Celtics 116-91, advance to conference finals for first time since 2001

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The Milwaukee Bucks used a stifling defensive effort to defeat the Boston Celtics in game 5 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals 116-91. With the win, Milwaukee beats Boston 4-1 in the series, and advances to the Eastern Confernce Finals for the first time since 2001.

After suffering their worst loss of the season in game 1 to the Celtics, Milwaukee won four straight games, including both games 3 and 4 in Boston, to win the series. The Bucks avenge their defeat to the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs last season.

MVP front-runner Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 20 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. Seven Bucks scored in double figures. Malcolm Brogdon scored 10 points in 16 minutes playing in his first game since mid-March.

The Bucks will host game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the winner of the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers series. Toronto currently leads that matchup 3-2.