Bucks unleash Maker, Delly in National Basketball Association playoff win over Baynes' Celtics

Bucks unleash Maker, Delly in National Basketball Association playoff win over Baynes' Celtics

The Celtics can't let the crowd get into the game early on and they need to take care of the basketball in Game 4.

Eric Bledsoe and Jabari Parker each added 17 for the energized Bucks, who held the Celtics without a field goal for almost an 11-minute stretch of the first half. The Bucks easily covered the spread as 4.5-point favorites, and the game went over the total of 206 points.

"I told him we had to bring killer mentality back", Antetokounmpo said. "I thought when [Matthew] Dellavedova and [Thon] Maker came in, their energy was contagious and really pushed us out and I thought we were settling already prior to that". Pesky guard Matthew Dellavedova, a veteran of a title run with the Cleveland Cavaliers, helped hold young Celtics point guard Terry Rozier to nine points on 2-of-7 shooting.

The Bucks were the aggressors all night long.

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Dellavedova had only played four minutes in the the two losses and Maker just one minute, but Bucks' interim coach Joe Prunty unleashed the Australians in the first quarter and the result was stunning. Boston struggled to command the paint throughout the game, settling for jump shots and three-pointers early. Maker logged 24 minutes off the bench, scoring 14 points and blocking five shots. In the second and fourth, however, they had come alive, averaging 61 points. Greg Monroe added 15 points plus 12 boards off the bench, Jayson Tatum had 14 and Jaylen Brown 11 for the Celtics. Khris Middleton was on triple-double watch, finishign with 23 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Game 1 went down to the wire before Boston won in overtime, and the Celtics were the ones who controlled Game 2 from start to finish. Middleton added eight rebounds and seven assists.

Morris was whistled for a technical foul in the third-quarter after he said something following a missed free-throw attempt by Maker.

What was once a tiresome, lopsided series is suddenly quite interesting.

"Obviously it was all in the first half", he said.

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We also discussed important contributions from Jabari Parker and Eric Bledsoe, and how they sit in the context of an eventful series for both men so far, on and off the court.

After letting the Raptors grab the first 2-0 series lead in franchise history, the Wizards came home and checked off every box coach Scott Brooks presented.

As expected, Milwaukee showed up, defeating the Boston Celtics soundly, 119-92, to take get their first win of the series and trail 2-1.

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