The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics 97-86 on Thursday night to force a Game 7 back at the TD Garden in Boston on Saturday night. The Bucks came into this game facing elimination and rode the shoulders of their superstar Giannis Antetokoumpo who delivered after a Game 5 they had people asking why wasn’t he more aggressive. This was a low scoring game and the Bucks were able to take advantage of it.
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The Bucks Star Giannis Antetokoumpo controlled the game and came out like the best player on the floor from the tip as he got to the paint and got to his mid-range spots that he likes. After attempting just 10 shots in Game 5 he shot the ball 23 times making 13 and scoring a game high 31 points. He scored 10 of the Bucks final 19 points of the game. He also controlled the boards grabbing a game high 14 rebounds. The Bucks also got 16 points apiece from Kris Middleton who has been one of the more consistent players for the Bucks in this series, and Malcolm Brogdon the reigning Rookie of the Year.
They were a plus 9 in the rebounding department (48-39) and they controlled the pace and they took care of business. Bucks will now travel back to Boston for the final time this year and they’ll need the same Giannis if they want to walk away victorious.
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The Celtics started the game slow and were down nine at the half 48-39 and had erased a 14 point deficient in the third to tie the game. They never were able to get over the hump and take a lead and it ultimately was too much for this young Celtics team to overcome. Rookie and probably a First-Team All-Rookie selection came up big for the Celtics leading them in scoring 22 points on 6-14. Terry Rozier contributed 18 points but did not shoot the ball just 5-17 from the field, but did have 7 rebounds and 5 assist. Jaylen Brown chipped in with 14 points but was just 1-6 from three. All-Star Al Horford had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Celtics now get a chance to win a Game 7 on their home floor in front of their fans. They are 21-7 in Game 7’s in their franchise history. They are going to need everyone to play well and do what they have done positive to get them to this point. Rozier and Brown have to shoot the ball better and Horford has to be the All-Star he has been for this team all season. If all this happens I believe the Celtics like their chances.
Game 7: Saturday 4/28
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