SAN FRANCISCO – Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 42 factors, grabbed 12 rebounds and handed off eight assists to spark defending champion Milwaukee over Boston 103-101 on Saturday within the NBA playoffs.
The Greek famous person middle additionally had two blocked pictures and two steals for the Bucks, who seized a 2-1 lead within the best-of-seven Jap Convention second spherical series, which continues at Milwaukee on Monday.
Golden State will host Memphis later Saturday in a Western Convention matchup, with that series degree at 1-1.
The Celtics rallied from 14 factors down to tug inside 103-100 with 4.6 seconds remaining and Boston’s Marcus Sensible sank the primary of two free throws to raise the guests inside the last margin.
Sensible missed the second free throw with hopes of grabbing a rebound and sink a tying inside shot, however Robert Williams missed a tip-in attempt to Al Horford’s tip-in was dominated after the ultimate buzzer, giving Milwaukee the victory.
Celtics coach Ime Udoka stated the foul by Jrue Vacation on Sensible, dominated earlier than a shot try, ought to have been seen as coming within the act of capturing and introduced three free throws, which might have given Sensible an opportunity to tie the sport on the line.
“He was going into the shot,” Udoka stated. “Poor no-call. It’s a shot. He’s curling right into a shot. Dangerous missed name.”
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer stated the Bucks had been “lucky it was two free throws however we weren’t making an attempt to foul him” on the Sensible play.
Udoka additionally stated it shouldn’t have come right down to that.
“We had been sloppy within the third execution sensible and allowed them to get that lead then battled again within the fourth,” he stated. “However we are able to play rather a lot higher.”
Vacation had 25 factors for the Bucks whereas Brook Lopez added 13 factors and 10 rebounds and Pat Connaughton had 11 factors and eight rebounds off the bench.
Jaylen Brown led Boston with 27 factors and had 12 rebounds whereas Horford had 22 factors and 16 rebounds for the Celtics however Jayson tatum went 4-of-19 from the ground and scored solely 10 factors.
Boston led 50-46 at half-time however the Bucks opened the third quarter with a 20-6 run to seize a 66-56 lead, with Antetokounmpo producing 9 factors and 4 assists within the pivotal span.
Milwaukee led by as a lot as 80-66 within the last seconds of the third quarter.
However Horford scored 12 factors within the fourth quarter, together with a 3-pointer and hook shot on back-to-back possessions to tug Boston inside 97-95 with 4:10 to play.
NBA Defensive Participant of the 12 months Sensible, who missed sport two with a thigh damage, hit a free throw that lifted the Celtics inside 97-96, however Antetokounmpo made a jumper in response.
Brown sank two free throws to raise Boston again inside 99-98 with 2:33 remaining then went again to the road and hit two extra to offer the Celtics a 100-99 edge with 1:49 to play.
Antetokounmpo answered with an inside jumper to place the Bucks forward 101-100 after which blocked a Brown shot.
Vacation grabbed the free ball for Milwaukee and hit a one-handed shot to spice up the Bucks forward 103-100 with 11.2 seconds remaining, then fouled Sensible to arrange the ultimate drama.
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