Boston – the best way to avoid being devastated before Giannis Antikonmo and the Milwaukee Bucks In the transition is to make every shot, and Boston Celtics Perfect gave a run in the first half on Tuesday night.
Jaylyn Brown He scored 25 points in a 9-of-10 (5-of-5 out of a 3-point span) shot in the first two quarters, and the Celtics made 13 of 20 mostly open 3-point attempts to lead with a 25-point lead at the break. . It was more than enough to keep the Bucks off when the 3s got cold and Antetokounmpo got hot in the third quarter. Boston cruised to 109-86 win the game 2 Until their first round series in a single match.
Brown finished with 30 points. Jason Tatum (29 points) did the bulk of Boston’s damage in the second half. Grant Williams (21 points), Alhorford (11 points, 11 rebounds) and Robert Williams III (10 points) also made doubles for the Celtics host, who outstripped Milwaukee 60-9 at the three-point streak.
Antetokounmpo led the Bucks team with 28 points (11-27 FG), nine rebounds, seven assists and six times.
The Eastern Conference semifinals head to Milwaukee for Game 3 on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET (TNT).
Brown scored 10 points on four shots in the first six minutes, nearly matching his output from Game 1, as Boston stormed into an 18-3 advantage. The Celtics made five of their first six three-pointers, and the rematch review ceded a sixth that would have pushed their lead to 18 in the closing minutes of the first quarter.
The Bucks made use of a shot clock violation and two useful whistles to close the gap to one. Antetokounmpo moved in brown in the middle of the court, Tatum pulled out the chair Jrue holiday, which resulted in two fouls for Boston and four points from Milwaukee — some of the Bucks’ easiest ways against a stifling Celtics defense. Antetokounmpo missed his first six attempts to score before Dunk cut the difference to 27-19.
A Brown 3 pointer again and Tatum’s last-second throw in the last minute of the first quarter put Boston’s lead back to 11, and they never looked back. The Celtics pushed the lead to 65-40 by the first half, connecting 13 of 20 three-point attempts – most of them wide open – and 59% of their field goals.
Celtics didn’t ask for Defensive Player of the Year Marcus SmartAnd who sat with the right quadriceps contusion he suffered in match 1. Boston coach Im Odoka was quick to bring Grant Williams into the game to help out against Antitoconmo. He and Horford held the two-to-five MVP award in a 2-for-12 shot in the first half, before Antetokounmpo’s brute force created some attack in the second half.
Milwaukee 10-0 midway through the third quarter cut the lead to 72-56, but Grant Williams’ third pointer of the night pushed Boston’s lead to 19. The Bucks got 94-82 on Antetokounmpo’s two free throws with 4:30 remaining in the game, but the Celtics He had a counterattack for every Milwaukee attack.
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