Areas to turn around in series with Boston Celtics

20 April, 2018, 01:32 | Author: Carmen Reese
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo

The second-year guard put both of his hands on the smoldering surface and soaked up the burn Tuesday night as he delivered a playoff career-high 30 points - including five 3-pointers - in Boston's 120-106 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Boston Celtics withstood the Milwaukee Bucks' best shot as they just about escaped with a Game 1 win, 113-107 in overtime. Al Horford led the way with a remarkable all-around performance of 24 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and two steals.

The Celtics reserves provided plenty of support by outscoring the Milwaukees bench 41-25, effectively sealing the fate of the Bucks as they led as much as 20 in the final quarter on a Larkin lay-up with 7:22 left.

Raptors 130, Wizards 119 - At Toronto: DeMar DeRozan matched his career playoff-high with 37 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 14 rebounds and Toronto beat Washington, taking a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history.

Boston had just three turnovers through three quarters and only seven on the night.

"I don't pay attention to that - ultimately we just want to win games", Brown said. However, Khris Middleton threw up a prayer and it went in to tie the game at the buzzer.

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Prior to this year, the 25-year-old guard featured in just two postseason games with the Dallas Mavericks in 2014-15 where he averaged just five minutes.

After going down by double-digits in the first quarter through multiple turnovers and poor rebounding, the Bucks managed to come back from their deficit, forcing turnovers and getting out in transition as the move to insert the high-energy Shabazz Muhammad paid dividends. That would typically make the Bucks the favorite to advance, but the personnel around Giannis, coupled with their chosen style of play, has placed a ceiling on how far he can take them. While it is hard to call a series after two games, this sure feels like it would take a massive Boston collapse for the Bucks to pull the upset.

Game 3 is Friday night at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Defensively, Rozier's size, strength and athleticism have bothered Bledsoe all over the floor.

Horford opened the game on Antetokounmpo, who navigated into a Baynes switch a couple of times to score nine points in the opening 3:20. "He made a ton of big plays, and defensively he's been great all year but the last two games he's been very good". You know, the one who shook you with a crossover and nailed a game-winning 3-pointer to end Game 1 as you watched helplessly.

Asked Thursday about referring to Bledsoe as "Drew", Rozier smiled and said, "I made a huge mistake".

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