Bucks advance, face Celtics next

Bucks advance, face Celtics next

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 factors and 9 rebounds and the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks routed the Chicago Bulls 116-100 on Wednesday evening to complete off the first-round sequence in 5 video games.

The third-seeded Bucks superior to face second-seeded Boston within the Jap Convention semifinals, with Sport 1 on Sunday in Boston. The Celtics swept Brooklyn.

After splitting the primary two video games, the Bucks received the final three by a mean margin of 23.3 factors. They received these three video games with out Khris Middleton, the All-Star who sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee throughout the fourth quarter of Sport 2.

Chicago didn’t deal with the lack of key gamers fairly as properly. The Bulls performed with out the beginning backcourt they used for the primary 4 video games with two-time All-Star Zach LaVine in well being and security protocols and Alex Caruso in concussion protocol.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks eradicated the Bulls from the NBA playoffs on Wednesday.EPA

The absences enabled Milwaukee’s protection to focus a lot of its consideration on containing DeMar DeRozan, who had scored 41 factors within the Bulls’ Sport 2 victory. DeRozan was held to 11 factors Wednesday whereas capturing 5 of 10.

Antetokounmpo led the way in which for the Bucks by capturing 11 of 15 from the ground and 11 of 14 from the free-throw line. Pat Connaughton hit 6 of 9 3-pointers and scored 20 factors, and Bobby Portis added 14 factors and career-high 17 rebounds. The Bucks’ largest lead was 29.

Patrick Williams scored 23 factors, Nikola Vucevic 19 and Coby White 17 for the Bulls. Vucevic additionally had 16 rebounds and 6 assists.

The Bulls had been eradicated from the playoffs on Wednesday.USA TODAY Sports activities

DeRozan was scoreless within the first 26 minutes of the sport and tried only one shot within the first quarter as he tried to get his teammates concerned.

The issue was Chicago’s different gamers weren’t hitting open photographs, permitting the Bucks to take command early.

Milwaukee pulled forward for good 3 1/2 minutes into the sport and constructed a double-digit lead by scoring 12 straight factors within the first quarter. Late within the first interval, the Bucks started a 23-2 run that helped them prolong the benefit to 49-20 with 7:25 left within the second interval. Antetokounmpo scored 9 straight Bucks factors throughout that second spurt.

Chicago outscored the Bucks 22-11 the remainder of the second quarter and acquired the margin right down to 11 on Ayo Dosunmu’s 3-point play with 9:32 left within the third quarter, however Milwaukee’s Bobby Portis hit a pair of nook 3-pointers 36 seconds aside to make it 72-55.

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