Giannis Antetokounmpo had 42 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 103,101 victory over the Boston Celtics to lead a 21-game series in the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Saturday.
Boston at least had a chance to take the lead in extra time when Marcus Smart purposely missed his second free throw with 4.6 seconds left.
But the Celtics failed to capitalize on three near-basket attempts at timeout.
Jrue Holiday added 25 points and three steals, while Antetokounmpo finished with two steals and two interceptions for the Bucks, who rallied 80-67 early in the fourth quarter before the Celtics took a 100-99 lead.
A pair of empty Boston Celtics properties and a bucket of Antetokounmpo and Holiday allowed Milwaukee to take the 103-100 driver’s seat, setting up Smart’s split at the charity line and an exciting ending to the game.
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Jaylen Brown scored 27 points and 12 rebounds to beat Boston Celtics, but Jayson Tatum struggled to pick up ten on a 4 of 19 shot from the field.
Tatum also missed all six of his 3-point attempts for the Boston Celtics, who enjoyed the lead when taking the free throw.
Boston shot 28 of 34 from the pass (82.4%), while Milwaukee had half with 14 of 17).
Al Horford added 22 points, 16 rebounds, and five assists for the Boston Celtics, who will consider even Monday’s series.
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