You can put your dust pans and brooms away following the Milwaukee Bucks, 116-92, Game 3 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday night in Milwaukee.
The Bucks came out with the intention of buckling down on the Celtics on the defensive end of the floor.
And they did just that throughout the duration of the first quarter, holding the Celtics to 2-for-18 from the field, while forcing eight turnovers and blocking five shots.
Of the eight turnovers, four came from Terry Rozier III, who just went 78 minutes without committing a turnover.
After taking an early 10-point lead in the first six minutes of the game, the Bucks would close out the first with an 11-2 run to take a 27-12 lead over the C’s.
The turnovers kept pouring in for Bucks, with the Celtics committing another four turnovers in the opening six minutes of the second, as they’d pull ahead, 43-19, with plenty of time still on the clock.
By the time halftime rolled around, most Green Teamers were probably asking if it was okay to forget about this game already. And who can blame them?
Especially with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton combining for 23 points in the opening half, as the Bucks took a, 58-35, lead into halftime.
It was a tough go for the Celtics in the first two quarters out in Milwaukee.
The C’s finished the first half with an unimpressive 30.8 shooting percentage, while only knocking down 3-of-11 shots from beyond the arc.
When the third quarter rolled around, the Celtics had already committed 13 turnovers, compared to the Bucks’ six. And they were struggling to get open baskets to fall. But things started to slowly turn around for the C’s shortly after the start of the second half.
Boston went on their best streak of the night with an 18-6 run through the middle of the third to pull within 14 of Milwaukee. But the Bucks were able to maintain their double-digit lead through the end of a quarter and beyond.
The Celtics went the entire third quarter without a turnover, while out-scoring the Bucks, but they trailed, 85-67, to start the final frame.
Being back home in Milwaukee certainly favored the Bucks, as they’d go onto shoot an impressive 57 percent from the field and 48.5 percent from deep (16-33 3PT), in a, 116-92, Game 3 home win, cutting the C’s series lead to 2-1.
Fourth time the Celtics have ever given up 16 3's in a playoff game.— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) April 21, 2018
The other three were all by the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals last year.
The C’s finished the night shooting 40 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three.
Al Horford led all Celtics scorers with 16 points (7-13 FG) and three rebounds.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown dropped 25 points combined (2-6 3PT), to go along with nine rebounds.
Rozier finished the night with five turnovers, while sniffing a double-double with nine points and nine boards.
Aron Baynes shot an impressive 100 percent from the field, while knocking both of his three point attempts. And he’d end the night with eight points and eight rebounds, plus an assist and a block.
Baynes might have nightmares after he got slam bammed on by The Greek Freak in the middle of the third.
Dunking on Aaron Baynes is one of Giannis' favorite hobbies. pic.twitter.com/MZkOfSbPXF— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) April 21, 2018
Antetokounmpo filled the stat sheet with 19 points, five boards and six assists. But Khris Middleton stepped up and led the team in scoring with 23 points on 58.8 percent shooting from the field.
The Celtics out-rebounded the Bucks, 45-37, but they slacked on ball control, as they turned the ball over 18 times, compared to the Bucks’ nine.
Boston will look to take a 3-1 series lead on Sunday afternoon before returning to The Garden next Tuesday night for Game 5.
UP NEXT: The Boston Celtics (55-27/2-1) continue the first round action against the Milwaukee Bucks (44-38/1-2) on Sunday afternoon in Game 4 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 12:30 p.m., with tip-off set for 1:00 p.m.
— By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com
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