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The Boston Celtics take a 3-2 first round series lead over the Milwaukee Bucks with a, 92-87, Game 5 win in Boston on Tuesday night in Marcus Smart’s return.

Prior to tip-off head coach Brad Steven gave Semi Ojeleye the starting nod in place of Aron Baynes.

In the opening minutes of the first they exchanged baskets, but it was the Celtics who would prevail by the end of the quarter.

After trailing by a basket a few ties, the Bucks held their only lead of the game halfway through the first at, 11-9, but then it became all Celtics throughout a majority of the game.

Guard Marcus Smart made his presence felt in his return to the C’s lineup for the first time since mid-March.

Boston went on a 14-4 run to close out the first, to take a, 23-15, lead into the second.

Milwaukee kept pace with the C’s to start the second, but Boston held the, 48-37, lead heading into halftime behind Al Horford and Marcus Morris’ 16 combined points.

The Celtics were shooting 43.6 percent from the field, while the Bucks were shooting a sub-par 34.9 percent to finish the first half.

During the third quarter the Bucks’ Shabazz Muhammad came out of nowhere and dropped a quick 11 points in just 5:15.

Just as this was happening the Celtics hit a dry spell and went more than four minutes without a making a field goal.

All while the Bucks are working on cutting the C’s lead to four. But the Celts turned it around with a 7-0 run, heading into the closing two minutes of the third.

Terry Rozier III and the Celtics took a 72-61 lead into the final frame.

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Milwaukee out-scored the Celtics for the first time in a quarter in the fourth at, 26-20, but they’d eventually fall short, 92-87.

Horford went off with a team-leading 22-point, 14-rebound double-double on 46.6 percent shooting.

Smart filled the stat sheet in his return with nine points (5-5 FT), five rebounds four assists, three blocks and a steal.

Jaylen Brown and Rozier combined for 30 points, with Marcus Morris dropping a dime off the bench.

The Celts went 24-for-32 from the line and finished the night shooting 42 percent from the field. And they out-rebounded the Bucks by a whopping 13 boards.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with a series-low 16 points on 50 percent shooting. But he did get another double-double adding in 10 rebounds and nine assists.

Khris Middleton and the Bucks shot a series-low 36.8 percent from the field.

The C’s will now head to Milwaukee looking to finish off the opening series in Game 6 on Thursday night.

In Other News:

Kyrie Irving received the ‘Red Auerbach Award‘ prior to Tuesday’s tip.

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UP NEXT: The Boston Celtics (55-27/3-2) will hit the road to continue their first round action against the Milwaukee Bucks (44-38/2-3) on Thursday night in Game 6 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, 985TheSportsHub.com

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