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Holiday stops Celtics' last 2 plays, Bucks lay clasp of 3-2 lead

Holiday stops Celtics' last 2 plays, Bucks lay clasp of 3-2 lead

BOSTON (AP) — Bobby Portis made a putback off Giannis Antetokounmpo's missed without charge hurl accompanied by 15 seconds left, Jrue Holiday snuffed Marcus Smart on Boston's final set of two possessions with every one other accompanied by the Milwaukee Bucks hit the Celtics 110-107 on Wednesday darkness to lay clasp of a 3-2 series lead.

Antetokounmpo had 40 points with every one other accompanied by 11 rebounds, Holiday finished accompanied by 24 points, eight rebounds with every one other accompanied by eight assists with every one other accompanied by Portis added 14 points with every one other accompanied by 15 rebounds for the defending NBA champion Bucks.

Milwaukee has a chance to wrap up the Eastern Conference semifinal inside Game 6 at place of residence Friday night. The Celtics need a come first in to strength a decisive seventh game spine inside Boston on Sunday.

The Celtics led by 14 inside the fourth quarter earlier to the Bucks closed the gap, tying it at 105 on Holiday's 3-pointer accompanied by 43 seconds left. Jayson Tatum, who scored 34 points inside all, hit a set of two of without charge throws to present with Boston the lead.

Antetokounmpo went to the the dash accompanied by a chance to bind it with every one other accompanied by made the first, at that hour dated Portis grabbed the rebound of the following with every one other accompanied by place it inside off the backboard to present with Milwaukee its earliest lead since early inside the following quarter.

Smart drove to the basket nevertheless Holiday blocked him with every one other accompanied by came away accompanied by the ball, throwing it off Smart while falling not here of bounds. Pat Connaughton made a set of two of without charge throws accompanied by sextet seconds left, at that hour dated Holiday stole the sphere from Smart on his desperation dash for a potential game-tying 3-pointer.

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The have Bucks won set of two of the trio games inside Boston to swipe home-court advantage.

Antetokounmpo had his finest shooting game of the series, going 16 for 27, nevertheless he too committed septet turnovers.

Jaylen Brown scored 26 points for Boston, 16 of them inside the third — with every one other accompanied by 12 of those inside the last quartet minutes of the quarter, when Boston turned a 71-68 border into a 12-point lead.

The Bucks scored nine of the game's earliest 11 points, nevertheless Boston closed the gap midway into and not here of the quarter. The Celtics ran off 11 unswerving points early inside the second, capped by a Marcus Smart steal, tossed ahead to Brown for an alley-oop to Tatum that brought the crowd to its feet.

But the Bucks scored 17 of the following 24 points to build it 58-55 accompanied by nine minutes left-hand inside third.

INJURED

The Celtics were lacking large male Robert Williams III for the following unswerving game — with every one other accompanied by the fourth hour dated this postseason — since of left-hand knee soreness. He had been listed while questionable earlier to actuality ruled not here pregame.

Milwaukee remained lacking Khris Middleton, who has done some on-court labour while he attempts to go nearer spine from a sprained left-hand knee. He has not played since April 20 inside Game 2 of the first-round series opposed to the Bulls.

"He's done a little small portion on the court of rules and regulations with every one other accompanied by we're touch good concerning where he is with every one other accompanied by optimistic," Bucks bus Mike Budenholzer said. "But it's sort of the same update it's been for the last handful of days"

Milwaukee retain protected from danger George Hill (abdominal soreness) did play.

TIP-INS

Tacko Fall, the 7-foot-6 former Celtic, took inside the game from the front row, under the basket. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker with every one other accompanied by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft were too at the game. ... The Celtics only had set of two turnovers inside the earliest half, to nine for the Bucks. ... Celtics subs Daniel Theis with every one other accompanied by Derrick White made their earliest nine shots.

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Holiday stops Celtics' last 2 plays, Bucks lay clasp of 3-2 lead

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