WASHINGTON – Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered a triple double with 24 factors, 13 rebounds and 12 assists to energy the defending champion Bucks over Boston 101-89 in an NBA playoff collection opener Sunday.
The Greek star and his teammates overwhelmed the NBA’s top-rated defensive squad to start out the second spherical best-of-seven collection, which continues on Tuesday at Boston.
The Western Convention second spherical was set to start later Sunday with the Golden State Warriors at Memphis.
Antetokounmpo scored or assisted on 55 of 87 Milwaukee factors made when he was on the court docket.
“I just like to be aggressive,” he mentioned. “I want to be aggressive. My teammates want me to be aggressive. I’m trying to get into the paint for my teammates and for myself.”
Antetokounmpo made three turnovers in the primary 5 minutes as Boston used a number of defenders to protect the Greek large.
However from there, Antetokounmpo was capable of raise the Bucks regardless of Milwaukee enjoying with out ahead Khris Middleton on account of a sprained left knee ligament.
Milwaukee’s Jrue Vacation scored a game-high 25 factors with 10 rebounds whereas Bobby Portis added 15 factors and 11 rebounds because the Bucks saved it intense and bodily.
“We’ve got to beat them,” Antetokounmpo mentioned. “We’ve got to be here tonight, guard them as tough as possible, make it as tough for them as possible, make them play one-on-one, rebound the ball and go the other way.”
The Celtics shot a woeful 28-of-84 from the ground (33.3%) and made solely 10 baskets contained in the 3-point arc whereas making an attempt a group playoff report 50 3-point photographs.
“It’s good to get this dud out of the way,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka mentioned. “Offensively not our best night. We saw what they were trying to do speeding us up and a lot of it worked.”
Udoka was sad in regards to the Bucks scoring 27 factors off 18 Celtics turnovers and mentioned Boston’s lack of ability to attain inside was “alarming.”
“We settled for some tougher 3-point shots,” he mentioned. “That’s what they want to do, protect the paint and make you shoot 3-pointers and for the most part I don’t think our decision making was great.”
Boston’s NBA Defensive Participant of the 12 months Marcus Good suffered a proper shoulder harm and thigh bruises in the second quarter and struggled in the second half as Milwaukee closed out the triumph.
The Bucks closed the primary quarter with a 10-0 run for a 27-24 edge and ended the second quarter on an 11-3 run for a 56-46 halftime lead. Antetokounmpo had eight factors in the concluding first-half spurt.
Antetokounmpo had 14 factors, eight rebounds and 7 assists in the primary half and from there, Boston struggled to maintain up with the guests.
Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 21 factors whereas Jaylen Brown and Al Horford every added 12 factors and Horford pulled down 10 rebounds. Good had 10 factors and 6 assists.
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