Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Celtics Hold Off Bucks In OT

Celtics Hold Off Bucks In OT

Jaylen Brown finished with 20 points.

National Basketball Association pundits may have written off the Celtics with Kyrie Irving on the shelf, but the Celtics showed in their 113-107 OT victory over the Bucks Sunday at TD Garden that a lengthy playoff run in Boston may be in the cards. Especially Giannis Antetokounmpo, who went 5-for-7 from inside the paint in the second. "Got to get the next one", Brogdon said. We made a lot of turnovers. Their 113-107 win came in overtime after a wild finish to the fourth quarter.

"We've been down a lot, a lot of injuries, and we've always found a way", Horford said. "He's been unbelievable in being a facilitator for us all year". "We're going to take it slow". Probably run our film session tomorrow.

Bucks forward Khris Middleton answered with a 35-foot, game-tying three that sent the game to overtime. They still have five or six players they can trust to hit their open shots, and get into double digit scoring.

But, as we've been saying all along, Horford is far more than digits can explain. "We were clogging the 3-point line".

The Pacers jumped ahead 33-14 after the first quarter and led by as much as 23 in holding off the Cavs, who came no closer than seven points the rest of the way. We tried to contain him as best we could. "We wanted to make him play in the post and make Giannis defend down there, and I thought Al did a good job".

Boston shot 41.5% from the floor and hit 11 out of 26 attempts from downtown (42.3%), and made 24 out of 27 shots from the free-throw line (88.9%), while they committed 15 turnovers in opposite to Milwaukee's 20. "I'm not anxious what we showed (people)".

Horford played the last 7:51 of regulation and all of overtime until Stevens, hell of a guy that he is, allowed him to skip the last four seconds.

"Stay calm, stay composed, play the game I have all year long", Oladipo said of the key to his overwhelming day. "I knew they wouldn't hang their head about it, they're - sometimes I think they're at their best when those things happen".

Antetokounmpo and Middleton were the first pair of Bucks teammates to score 30 apiece in a playoff game since Bob Dandridge and Brian Winters did so in 1976. (But) it's go time. "Here at home, you don't want to get into a hole early". "I have a new splint on, a smaller splint to protect the thumb from going back to the side or possible reinjury".

"I've got hopes", he added. You know, whatever we've got, we've got to give. "Terry needs to keep being aggressive, keep playing the way that he plays". Fouled out - Bledsoe, Antetokounmpo.

"It's important", Horford said.

Milwaukee was held to just two field goals over the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter as the Celtics built an 86-76 advantage.

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