BOSTON — Bobby Portis made a putback off Giannis Antetokounmpo’s missed free throw with 15 seconds left, Jrue Vacation snuffed Marcus Good on Boston’s ultimate two possessions and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Celtics 110-107 on Wednesday evening to take a 3-2 sequence lead.
Antetokounmpo had 40 factors and 11 rebounds, Vacation completed with 24 factors, eight rebounds and eight assists and Portis added 14 factors and 15 rebounds for the defending NBA champion Bucks.
Milwaukee has an opportunity to wrap up the Japanese Convention semifinal in Recreation 6 at house Friday evening. The Celtics want a win to pressure a decisive seventh recreation again in Boston on Sunday.
The Celtics led by 14 within the fourth quarter earlier than the Bucks closed the hole, tying it at 105 on Vacation’s 3-pointer with 43 seconds left. Jayson Tatum, who scored 34 factors in all, hit a pair of free throws to provide Boston the lead.
Jrue Vacation blocks Marcus sensible down the stretch of the Bucks’ win over the Celtics. NBAE through Getty Pictures
Jrue Vacation steals the ball from Marcus Good to seal the Bucks’ win. NBAE through Getty Pictures
Antetokounmpo went to the the road with an opportunity to tie it and made the primary, then Portis grabbed the rebound of the second and put it in off the backboard to provide Milwaukee its first lead since early within the second quarter.
Good drove to the basket however Vacation blocked him and got here away with the ball, throwing it off Good whereas falling out of bounds. Pat Connaughton made a pair of free throws with six seconds left, then Vacation stole the ball from Good on his desperation sprint for a possible game-tying 3-pointer.
The have Bucks received two of the three video games in Boston to swipe home-court benefit.
Giannis Antetokounmpo completed with a game-high 40 factors.NBAE through Getty Pictures
Antetokounmpo had his greatest capturing recreation of the sequence, going 16 for 27, however he additionally dedicated seven turnovers.
Jaylen Brown scored 26 factors for Boston, 16 of them within the third — and 12 of these within the final 4 minutes of the quarter, when Boston turned a 71-68 edge right into a 12-point lead.
The Bucks scored 9 of the sport’s first 11 factors, however Boston closed the hole halfway by the quarter. The Celtics ran off 11 straight factors early within the second, capped by a Marcus Good steal, tossed forward to Brown for an alley-oop to Tatum that introduced the gang to its toes.
However the Bucks scored 17 of the subsequent 24 factors to make it 58-55 with 9 minutes left in third.