The Boston Celtics play host to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoffs at TD Garden on Tuesday evening.
Game 1 set the bar high for the series, as the last minutes of the game were filled with clutch play after clutch play, culminating with a go-ahead three by Terry Rozier, followed up by a deep three from Khris Middleton to send it to overtime. The Celtics took over in overtime at home, as they outscored the Bucks 14-8 in the period to earn the 1-0 series advantage.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks in Game 1, with 35 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and three steals, in 45 minutes, while Middleton followed up with 31 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block. However, the only other player to score in double digits for Milwaukee was Malcolm Brogdon, who tallied 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal, in 32 minutes off the bench. The Bucks shot 48 percent from the field in the contest, including 8-of-21 from long range. They gave up 11 offensive rebounds and turned the ball over 20 times, to their disadvantage.
Meanwhile, the Celtics shot just 42 percent from the field in Game 1, but won the hustle game with good rebounding and defense. They also did a good job getting to the line, where they shot 24-of-27. Four players topped 20 points for Boston, led by Al Horford who finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals, in 44 minutes. Terry Rozier followed up with 23 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal, while Jaylen Brown finished with 20 points and Marcus Morris with 21. The Celtics also could not have done it without their rookie, Jayson Tatum, who tallied an impressive 19 points, 10 rebounds, four rebounds, three steals and one block, in 44 minutes in his first playoff appearance. Although the Bucks took them right down to the wire, the Celtics definitely benefitted from their home court, where they went 27-14 during the season.
Posted on April 17, 2018 at 12:18 AM ET
Updated on April 17, 2018 at 1:19 AM ET