Published: Mon, April 23, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Bucks beat Celtics to tie up series

Bucks beat Celtics to tie up series

The Celtics may have dropped two games in Milwaukee, but after struggling for the first three halves of Games 3 and 4, they seemingly have found the antidotes to Milwaukee's two game-changing reserves.

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Despite Boston's best efforts, Antetokounmpo finished with a team-high 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Brogdon tried to put Milwaukee back in front with a left-handed layup over Horford.

"Right now, that's the plan", Smart said ahead of Game 4 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Middleton went for 23, and Jabari Parker added 16.

"It comes back to trust", Antetokounmpo said of his late-game highlights.

The Celtics mounted a furious comeback in the second half after trailing by as many as 20 points in the third quarter.

Jaylen Brown had 34 points for the Celtics, while Tatum added 21. A 28-footer by Brown with 1:29 remaining sliced the Milwaukee lead to only one, and then on the very next Celtics possession Tatum's 17-foot isolation jumper over Khris Middleton at the top of the key with 52.4 seconds left punched the Celtics through the wall.

The disappointing end for the Celtics overshadowed their spirited rally from a 65-45 deficit.

Moving forward, not only in this series, but in the years to come, the Celtics will be better off for having played in games like Game 4.

The game came down to the final period following a surge by the Pacers to end the third quarter.

The Celtics have been great on the road, and knew that a game four victory would likely make this a quick series.

"Yeah that was something that (Rozier) did a great job of, cutting, misdirecting, lost his guy", Stevens said, via the National Basketball Association.

Both teams traded buckets down the stretch.

Terry Rozier's 3-pointer with 2:41 left cut the Milwaukee lead to 96-93, and after Malcolm Brogdon drove for a score, Brown put back a Tatum miss.

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been out for some time after injuring his thumb earlier in the year. Morris bent over in frustration near the Boston bench after his fadeaway hit the rim. The Celtics do not want to take the hard way, but it feels inevitable with this team, and you would be foolish to expect anything to get easier from here on out. Without a prolific scorer like Kyrie Irving available due to injury, the Celtics have needed someone to step up and be that scorer, and suffice to say Brown mostly has done just that. It just didn't go in tonight.

For the Bucks, it will be interesting to see if they carry the same defensive energy over to Boston, where they were often out of sorts in the first two games.

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