Celtics lose third straight to Bucks 113-101, face 3-1 series deficit
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Giannis Antetkounmpo once again led the way for the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night, scoring 39 points in a 113-101 win over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Antetokounmpo added 16 rebounds and 4 assists in the win, which gives the Bucks a commanding 3-1 series lead as they head back to Milwaukee with a chance to clinch the series in Game 5.
Kyrie Irving, meanwhile, again dragged down the Celtics offense with his inefficiency. Irving scored a team-high 23 points but shot just 7-for-22 from the field (31.8 percent). He heated up a bit with seven points in the fourth quarter, but the Celtics couldn’t bring the score within five over the final 7:25 of regulation.
The rest of the Celtics’ starters were 24-for-51 shooting (47.1 percent). All five scored at least 16. But Boston shot 37.8 percent as a team thanks to Irving’s struggles and another down night for the bench. Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart, and Terry Rozier combined for 7 points on 3-for-17 shooting.
Smart scored just three points in his return to the Celtics lineup. He shot 1-for-7, all from three-point range. Smart also grabbed a rebound, two assists, and a steal in 14 minutes.
Milwaukee was much more efficient, particularly Antetokounmpo’s dominance in the paint to the tune of 15-for-22 shooting. Despite an off game for Khris Middleton (13 points on 4-for-19 shooting), Eric Bledsoe and George Hill combined to score 28 points on 12-for-23 from the field.
For the third straight game, the Bucks seized control with a run in the third quarter. The Celtics went up 67-65 with 4:12 left in the frame, then Milwaukee ripped off a 15-3 run to close it out. Boston couldn’t recover from there.
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