Bucks vs. Celtics – Game Summary – May 12, 2022

BOSTON – – Giannis Antetokounmpo had his best shooter night in the playoffs. Milwaukee dominated the boards. The Bucks were still 14 points behind Boston in a game that could send an NBA title defender to the brink of elimination.

Then it is Jrue Holiday he showed the defender of the year something about defense.

Bobby Portis returned Antetokounmp’s missed free throw for 15 seconds to the end, and Holiday suffocated Marcus Smart in Boston’s last two possessions on Wednesday night as Milwaukee erased 14 points behind in the fourth quarter to beat the Celtics 110-107 and take a 3-2 lead in the series.

“Obviously you fell 14 in Boston in the fourth quarter, people would say it’s all against us. But we are together, ”said Holiday, who also hit a three-pointer to equalize with 43 seconds to go. “That’s how we live and die.”

Antetokounmpo scored 40 points and 11 rebounds, scoring 16 of 27 shots – including a long three-pointer for 105-102 with 1:40. Holiday finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Portis added 14 points and 15 rebounds. The Bucks can advance to the Eastern Conference finals by winning Game 6 at home on Friday night.

Jayson Tatum scored 34 points and Jaylen Brown had 26 for the Celtics, who need a win in Milwaukee to extort a decisive seventh game back in Boston on Sunday.

The Celtics led 93-79 early in the fourth, before the Bucks narrowed the gap, tying at 105 with 43 seconds for consecutive three-pointers by Antetokounmpa and Holiday. Tatum hit a pair of free throws and restored Boston’s lead.

Antetokounmpo went to the line with a chance to equalize and made the first, then Portis grabbed the second jump and threw it off the bench to give Milwaukee their first lead since the start of the second quarter.

Smart drove to the basket, but Holiday blocked it and came with the ball, throwing it off the Celtics keeper as he fell off the field.

“Just a great instinctive game of Jrue,” the Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer He said. “He is a winner. Jrue Holiday is the winner. You ask any player in this league or any coach in this league. He is the winner. “

Pat Connaughton he took a couple of free throws in six seconds to go, and then Holiday stole the ball from Smart in his desperate run for a potential 3-pointer that could equalize. The Celtics committed eight of their 10 turnovers in the second half and surrendered 49-36.

“If we box, we’ll win that game,” Smart said. “They are defensive champions. They made some championship games. And now we have to recover.”

Milwaukee had 17 offensive jumps to five Boston ones, and Portis grabbed seven.

“I grew up as a kid, I really wasn’t very skilled or I had one thing I did really well. I’ve always been like a master, I’ve done everything well, but nothing great, ”Portis said.“ As a kid, my mom always told me just to be a garbage man. Being a garbage man means that if you want a chance to score and you don’t get the ball, you can get the ball on the attack glass. That’s one thing my mom always taught me. Say hello to my mom on that. ”

Jaylen Brown scored 16 points in the third, 12 of them in the final four minutes of the quarter, when Boston turned a 71-68 lead into a 12-point lead. It was 93-79 with 10:19 before the game – Boston’s biggest lead in the playoffs in more than 25 years.

“It simply came to our notice then. The guys will be (upset) about the outcome. We outplayed them by 3½ quarters, “said Celtics coach Ime Udoka.” We talked about showing our determination, and now we are making things harder for ourselves. It will be sweeter when we get back. But tonight we missed a golden opportunity. “

INJURED

The Celtics were without a big man Robert Williams III for the second game in a row – and for the fourth time this postseason – due to left knee pain. He was listed as suspicious before being ruled out before the game.

Milwaukee was left without Khris Middleton, who did some field work while trying to return after a sprained left knee. He has not played since April 20 in the 2nd game of the first round series against the Bulls.

“He’s done a little bit on the field and we feel good around him and we’re optimistic,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “But it’s kind of the same update that has been the last few days.”

Guardian of Milwaukee George Hill (stomach ache) played.

TIP-INS

Tacko Fall, a former 7-foot-tall Celtic, took the game from the front row, under the basket. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft were also at the game. … The Celtics had just two turnovers in the first half, nine for the Bucks. … Celtics traps Daniel Theis and Derrick White made their first nine shots.

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