CELTICS 113, BUCKS 107: C's win it again in OT

Dean Simpson
April 16, 2018

The Boston Celtics hope to make another statement by winning this game and improving a 2-0 series lead.

And though Antetokounmpo went 13-for-16 from the free throw line, Horford's 13-for-14 constituted his career-high in attempts and helped the former foul out.

There was good news for the Celtics preceding the game as Smart was wearing a new splint and was shooting around before the game.

Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 35 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists before fouling out in overtime. Celtics players and coaches howled for a foul call as the sellout crowd of 18,264 at TD Garden voiced its collective displeasure. And Middleton finished right behind him with 31 points on 60 percent shooting from the field and 5-of-7 from three. Boston took control over the final three minutes of overtime as they closed the game on a 9-2 run to earn the win. As they have been doing it all season long, the Celtics had to come through in the clutch, and close it out with a great overtime performance.

The Milwaukee Bucks have another chance to steal home court advantage before going home for game three.

The "kids" on the squad came through on the big stage as Rozier scored eight of his 23 points in overtime, Jaylen Brown scored 20 points while playing nearly 46 minutes, and rookie Jayson Tatum scored 19 points to go with 10 rebounds in 44 minutes.

Al Horford scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Boston while Terry Rozier, starting in place of injured Kyrie Irving, added 23 points.

Boston showed grit and determination as they picked up the win in the opener by being tenacious all the way through. His next step is to lead the Bucks to a victory in a playoff series. The rest of Cleveland's starters only managed 25 points, Kevin Love with 17 rebounds but only nine points.

After missing the second free throw off back rim, Antetokounmpo charged into the lane for the offensive board.

"First of all, me and Kyrie got a great relationship where we can just joke around, have a little fun", Rozier said. At times, they've been blown out in the first quarter, forcing them to expend more effort to get back into the game.

"I got to control the game, basically just filling what a point guard is supposed to do - filling Kyrie's shoes as much as I can", he said. At worst, it turns into an outcome like the one that played out in the regular-season finale at Philadelphia, which turned into a lopsided lead for the streaking 76ers by halftime.

Rozier's 3-pointer gave the Celtics a 104-103 lead with 3:43 left in overtime.

We saw the teams go over the total in Game 1.

Game time is set for 8 p.m.

Horford understands how this team needs to function as well as anyone, and Brad Stevens is able to use one of the most unique skill sets in the National Basketball Association to open everything up for these secondary players that still need some help.

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