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“Scary Terry” came to life down the closing stretch of the game as Terry Rozier III went off for eight overtime points to help the Boston Celtics finish off the Milwaukee Bucks for a, 113-107, win in game one of the first round of the NBA Playoffs on Sunday afternoon.

Rookie Jayson Tatum got things going in Boston after throwing down a thunderous dunk through the lane in the early part of the first quarter.

The Bucks took a 14-12 lead following a 12-6 run with less than five minutes to play, but the Celtics responded a run of their own.

To finish off a 19-3 C’s run, Marcus Morris knocked down a three and drew a foul in the process. And then Morris went onto nail the and-one to put the Celtics up 29-17 heading into the second quarter.

Tatum and Al Horford dropped 14 combined points on 7-for-7 from the field in the first. And the Bucks committed a whopping eight turnovers compared to the C’s two.

The Bucks opened up the second with a 15-2 run after the Celtics struggled on the offensive end with ball management and shot selection.

The C’s offensive woes continued throughout the quarter, as they’d go finish a miserable 4-for-20 from the field.

But when Jaylen Brown knocked down a three and got the crowd back in it, the C’s were now only trailing by seven with less than four minutes to play in the second. Brown’s much needed three kick-started a C’s 8-4 run to end the first-half.

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Milwaukee would end up out-scoring the C’s 30-15 in the second, to take a 47-44 lead into halftime after the Celtics had more turnovers (5) than made field goals (4).

The C’s shot a measly 20 percent from the field in the second, while the Bucks took full advantage of their struggles. Especially Giannis Antetokounmpo, who went 5-for-7 from inside the paint in the second.

Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton each finished the first-half with a team-leading 16 points/each.

Tatum finished the half with a team-leading 10 points (4-8 FG) and Horford was getting into the action with eight points (3-3 FG) and five boards.

The Celtics regained the lead following a 7-2 run less than three minutes into the third to give themselves a 51-49 lead.

After battling for the lead after a tiresome amount of ties, Morris had a nice finish on an isolation play and then Brown followed up by knocking down a wide-open three, to put the Celtics up by five with 4:31 to play in the third.

Boston out-scored the Bucks by seven and shot 22.9 percent better from the field in the quarter to take a, 70-66, lead into the fourth.

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You could really feel the momentum shifting the Celtics way following a great hustle play set up by a sprinting Tatum and trailing Brown with the finish.

The C’s went up by eight with 9:37 left in the game. But after an 8-0 run by the Bucks in the later half of the fourth, they were able to pull within two with 2:38 to play.

Here’s when it started to get a bit crazy over at The Garden.

Rozier III responds to the Bucks with a made three-pointer, and then Middleton returned the favor to pull back within two with 2:12 on the clock.

Morris then knocked down a wicked filthy step-back jumper to put the C’s up, 91-87, with 1:45 left.

Horford came up big for the Celtics in the closing 56.1 seconds, as he’d go onto hit five free throws, helping the C’s maintain their lead down the stretch. But that was only until Malcolm Brogdon buried the game tying three with 11.1 seconds left in the game.

And then with less than one second remaining in the game, Rozier knocked down what was considered to be the game winning three to give the C’s a 99-96 lead.

What happened next was simply unbelievable.

Middleton receives the in-bounds pass with 0.5 seconds left on the clock, as he gets off a quick release deep three and of course, guess what? He makes it! Tying things up at 99-99, forcing overtime in game one of the best of seven series.

The Bucks weren’t going to roll over in overtime, so the Celtics had to kick it up a notch to get things done in what should be the final frame.

During overtime Tatum stepped up on the defensive end with this ridiculous block after committing a tough turnover on the other end of the floor on the previous possession.

Rozier’s eight overtime points helped the Celtics finish off the Bucks for a, 113-107, win in Boston during this Sunday matinee affair.

Horford led all Celtics scorers with a 24-point (13-14 FT), 12-rebound double-double, in addition to four assists, two steals and three blocks.

“Scary Terry” wasn’t far behind with 23 points (7-18 FG), four rebounds and three assists.

In his first career NBA Playoff game, Tatum finished with a double-double of his own, as he went off for 19 points on 44.4 percent shooting from the field, to go along with 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block.

Five Celtics scored more than 19 points, with Morris being one of them, as he dropped 21 off the bench for the C’s.

Antetokounmpo led all Bucks scorers with 35 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. And Middleton finished right behind him with 31 points on 60 percent shooting from the field and 5-of-7 from three. And only one other Bucks’ player scored in double-digits.

The Celtics out-rebounded the Bucks 45-42. But the Bucks shot almost seven percent better than the C’s from the field at 48.2 percent compared to 41.5 percent. And the Celtics finished 11-for-26 from three-point land and Bucks went 8-for-21 from distance.

Boston now holds a 1-0 series lead over Milwaukee heading into game two on Tuesday night at the TD Garden.

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UP NEXT: The Celtics (55-27) continue their first round action as they welcome the Milwaukee Bucks (44-38) to the TD Garden on Tuesday for game two of the NBA Playoffs. Catch the call of the game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell, live on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pre-game coverage begins at 7:30 p.m., with tip-off set for 8:00 p.m.

— By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman,

John Hardiman is a Digital Producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for John? Hit him up on Twitter @HardiDude or e-mail him at

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