Milwaukee opened up a 20-point advantage in the third quarter, but Boston went on one of its patented runs to get back in the game and ultimately take the lead late in the fourth quarter. The Celtics came out after halftime and outscored the Bucks 67-53 in the second half, but it was not enough.
Anteokounmpo finished with 27 pointsm seven rebounds and five assists. Five Bucks players scored in double digits, but the defense was impressive, too.
With Smart sidelined, the Celtics have been limited to two point guards against the Bucks - Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin.
The Bucks were the aggressors all night long. Middleton went for 23, and Jabari Parker added 16.
Brown leads the Celtics in scoring at 23.8 points per game. Before Game 2 in Boston, The Pick and Roll was able to ask Boston head coach Brad Stevens just that.
The triumph pulled the Bucks level with the Celtics at 2-2 in their best-of-seven first round series, which continues Tuesday in Boston.
"We got the look we wanted".
"It helps a lot", said Horford. Stevens explained. "Baynes is a guy that's going to start for us".
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They face off once again in the BMP Harris Bradley Center tonight with Milwaukee aiming to tie the series while Boston will be hoping to move one win away from reaching the Eastern Conference semi-finals.
Almost everything else went Milwaukee's way, too. The two young stars will have to play well in game 5 if the Celtics are going to win. After coughing up 35 in the first two games, they had just nine in Game 3. "They were in such a rhythm offensively". They have won four of their last five at home. The Celtics upgraded his Game 5 status to questionable Monday night, perhaps as a result of Monday's evaluation.
Maker made his teammates proud, especially after having a conversation with Antetokounmpo a couple weeks ago.
As for the Celtics, it feels like Rozier is bound for a bounce-back performance after his two poor games in Milwaukee.
Horford said, "We're battling". "He's really excited to play, but at the same time, we'll see how he feels".
"There's nothing about me and Bledsoe". He said he gave the players the option to shoot, but ultimately sent them on their way with a message. "They punched us in the mouth early".
"I just let the game come to me", DeRozan said afterwards.
"It's a shot that Mook makes 10 out of 10 times", Brown said.