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Bucks stun Celtics with thrilling Game 5 finish to take 3-2 series lead

Bucks stun Celtics with thrilling Game 5 finish to take 3-2 series lead


The defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks had been on the verge of defeat and a 3-2 sequence deficit in opposition to the Boston Celtics in an Jap Convention semifinals sequence.

As a substitute, the Bucks have a 3-2 sequence lead.

Trailing by six factors with 1:45 left within the fourth quarter, the Bucks gained 110-107, securing the victory with two made free throws by Pat Connaughton with 5.9 seconds left within the fourth quarter.

Bobby Portis’ offensive rebound and putback off a missed free throw by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 11.4 seconds left within the fourth quarter gave Milwaukee at 108-107 edge. It was Milwaukee’s first lead for the reason that second quarter.

Bucks guard Jrue Vacation got here up with the defensive performs of the sport, blocking a Marcus Good shot with 6.6 seconds remaining and stealing the ball from Good with one second left — earlier than Boston might try a possible game-tying shot.

Sport 6 is Friday on ESPN. The Bucks can shut out the sequence and advance to the convention finals for the second consecutive season.

Listed below are three key takeaway from Sport 5:

Giannis finds a manner

Offense shouldn’t be simple for Antetokounmpo in opposition to Boston. He’s capturing effectively beneath his season averages from the sphere, on 3-pointers and on free throws in opposition to the Celtics. However he nonetheless makes an impression together with his scoring and rebounding.

He had a game-high 40 factors in certainly one of his extra environment friendly offensive video games of the sequence: 16-for-27 from the sphere, 2-for-5 on 3s and 6-for-10 on free throws. He additionally had 11 rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal.

Within the fourth quarter, he had eight factors.

Getting assist with out Middleton

Khris Middleton’s absence attributable to a sprained left knee was notable earlier than the sequence started and obtrusive by way of 5 video games. He’s a 20-point-per-game scorer who could make 3s and mid-range pictures, plus rebound, move and protection. It’s a big loss.

There are occasions when the Bucks’ offense sputters, and Boston’s protection has one thing to do with that, too.

However Antetokounmpo had simply sufficient offensive assist though he and Jrue Vacation (24 factors) had been the one starters in double figures.

Portis completed with 14 factors, together with six within the fourth quarter, and he collected 15 rebounds together with that offensive rebound that was the profitable shot. Connaughton had eight of his 13 factors within the fourth quarter.

Vacation struggled at occasions offensively, too, however he retains enjoying arduous. His eight rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and one steal had been vital.

Brown, Tatum carry C’s offense

Jaylen Brown scored 16 of his 26 factors within the third quarter, sustaining a ways between the Celtics and Bucks. Brown additionally had eight rebounds, six assists and a block.

Tatum had an off sport capturing (12-for-29 from the sphere and 2-for-11 on 3s) however nonetheless managed 34 factors, together with 12 within the fourth quarter. He added six rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and a block.

Oddly, Tatum and Brown had been the one Celtics to achieve the foul line, trying all 15 of Boston’s free throws.

The Celtics shot 51.2% from the sphere, but misplaced. Milwaukee shot simply 43.5% from the sphere however 44.8% on 3s, and the Bucks outscored the Celtics 20-13 in second-chance factors and 16-13 on factors off turnovers. Milwaukee additionally outrebounded Boston 49-36, together with 17-5 on offensive boards.

Observe Jeff Zillgitt on Twitter @JeffZillgitt.

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