Jaylen Brown’s career-high 34 points weren’t enough for the Boston Celtics, as the Milwaukee Bucks take Game 4 to tie up the playoff series at 2-2 with a, 104-102, win on Sunday afternoon.
The Celts came into Sunday’s game looking to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Bucks, but unfortunately it didn’t go as planned for the C’s.
The opening minutes were a struggle for both teams but they eventually got things going after a sloppy two minutes of play.
During that stretch the Celts were 1-for-7 from the field, with four offensive rebounds. And the Bucks were 0-for-4 and trailed 4-0, less than 10 minutes in.
Halfway through the first, the Bucks, kickstarted a 19-5 run to take a, 24-17, lead into the second.
Boston shot a lousy 29.2 percent from the field, while Milwaukee shot 45.5 percent in the first.
The Celtics continued to struggle on both ends of the floor, shooting 30 percent from the field in the first half, as the Bucks took a, 51-35, into halftime.
Jaylen Brown and Celtics started to turn things around in third with a hefty 22-10 run over the last seven-plus minutes of the third.
And they would pull within eight of the Bucks after out-scoring them 32-24 in the quarter.
The Bucks started the fourth with a 75-67 lead but the Celtics came out firing with a 10-2 run, to erase a 20-point deficit and tie things up at 77-77 with 8:58 to play.
Jayson Tatum and the Celtics finally regained the lead for the first time since the 2:36 mark in the first quarter, when Tatum knocked down a jumper to put the C’s up, 100-99, lead with 52.4 seconds left in the fourth.
After the Celtics tied things up, the Bucks nailed a pair of baskets, with Al Horford knocking down both free throws in between the Bucks’ baskets.
The Celtics had one last chance to tie things up and force overtime with 5.1 seconds left on the clock following a timeout.
Marcus Morris received the lollipop in-bounds pass from Tatum and tried to make a move on Giannis Antetokounmpo, but it didn’t work out too well for him.
Morris ended up with the final shot for the Celtics, in which he missed, giving the Bucks a, 104-102, win in Milwaukee.
Brown led all Celtics scorers with 34 points (5-8 3PT) and eight rebounds. And Tatum finished the day with 21 points, three rebounds and three assists.
Both Al Horford and Aron Baynes were sniffing double-doubles, and Terry Rozier III filled the stat sheet with 10 points, five rebounds and eight assists.
Antetokounmpo led all Bucks scorers with 27 points on 60 percent shooting from the field, to go along with seven rebounds and five assists. And Khris Middleton wasn’t far behind with 23 points (3-5 3PT) and six rebounds.
The Celtics finished the day shooting 41.4 percent from the field, while going 10-for-29 from deep (34.5 percent).
Milwaukee shot 52.1 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from three.
Boston will look to take regain the series lead in Game 5 when the C’s and Bucks continue NBA Playoff action at the TD Garden on Tuesday night.
In Other News:
Celtics guard Marcus Smart was spotted putting in some work prior to tip-off on Sunday afternoon by our own Sean Grande.
According to Grande, Smart is eyeing a return to the lineup on Thursday night in Game 6.
Marcus Smart, hoping to play as early as Thursday if there’s a Game 6, putting in work here in Milwaukee before Game 4. pic.twitter.com/kxV2nUssJk— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) April 22, 2018
UP NEXT: The Boston Celtics (55-27/2-2) continue the first round action against the Milwaukee Bucks (44-38/2-2) on Tuesday night in Game 5 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 6:30 p.m., with tip-off set for 7:00 p.m.
— By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com
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