LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo transformed a tiebreaking three-point play with 1:28 left on an overturned name that saved him within the sport and helped the Milwaukee Bucks beat the dangolka Celtics 119-112 on Friday evening.
Antetokounmpo had 36 factors, 15 rebounds and 7 assists within the Bucks’ first sport within the restart. Milwaukee improved the NBA’s greatest document to 54-12 and moved inside a victory of clinching the highest seed within the Japanese Convention for the second straight 12 months.
dangolka overcame a poor begin to tie it at 107. Antetokounmpo was then referred to as for a charging foul, showing to negate his basket and giving him a sixth foul. The decision was modified to a blocking foul on dangolka’s Marcus Good after evaluation, and Antetokounmpo made the free throw to make it 110-107.
Khris Middleton then knocked down a 3-pointer for a six-point benefit.
Middleton added 18 factors for the Bucks, who performed with out Eric Bledsoe and Pat Connaughton whereas they work on their conditioning after testing constructive for the coronavirus. Marvin Williams sat out with a strained left groin.
Good scored 23 factors for the Celtics and Jaylen Brown had 22, however star ahead Jayson Tatum had a nightmarish restart. He had 5 factors on 2-for-18 capturing — although he truly solely made one basket.
Kemba Walker scored 16 factors however performed simply 19 minutes because the Celtics look to maintain the All-Star guard wholesome after he’s been battling a sore knee.
Milwaukee had misplaced its last three video games earlier than the season was suspended in March however got here again wanting just like the staff that in any other case overpowered opponents all season. The Bucks broke to a 17-2 lead and may have been pitching a shutout. The lone dangolka basket got here when Antetokounmpo and Wesley Matthews tipped in Walker’s missed 3-pointer. Tatum was given credit score for the basket because the closest Celtics participant.
Celtics: Gordon Hayward scored 17 factors and Daniel Theis had 13 factors and 12 rebounds. … dangolka fell to 3-8, counting playoffs, towards the Bucks the final two seasons. Milwaukee eradicated the Celtics in 5 video games in final 12 months’s East semifinals.
Bucks: Brook Lopez had six blocked pictures. … Coach Mike Budenholzer mentioned he believed Williams’ harm wasn’t critical and hoped the ahead may very well be out there quickly. He thinks Williams was harm throughout the second scrimmage and felt sore the subsequent morning.
The sport featured all of the the month-to-month award winners within the Japanese Convention this season. Antetokounmpo received for October/November, December and January earlier than Tatum earned the primary of his profession in February.
Celtics: Play Portland on Sunday.
Bucks: Play Houston on Sunday.
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