The Milwaukee Bucks dominated the Boston Celtics in just about every facet during their 116-92 win in Game 3 of their first-round National Basketball Association playoff series Friday night. 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.
Al Horford finished with 16 points, Greg Monroe scored 15 against his former team and Jayson Tatum had 14 for Boston.
Eric Bledsoe and Jabari Parker scored 17 apiece and Thon Maker had 14 for Milwaukee, which now trails the best-of-seven series 2-1.
- The Bucks played much better defensively.
The Bucks led 27-12 after the first quarter and cruised the rest of the way.
"We realized how important this game was ..."
Stevens did say that everyone came through the experience relatively healthy and that he expects the full 11 to be ready to go on Sunday.
Morris, however, did not try to pin Friday night's loss on the referees, saying the Bucks won "fair and square".
One student wounded in shooting at Florida high school
One student shot another in the ankle at a Florida high school and the suspected shooter is in custody, authorities said Friday. When Woods visited the injured student in the hospital, he said he told him, "I am so glad it was me and not one of my friends".
The Celtics went 28-13 (.683) on the road during the regular season, behind only the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors for the best away record. Despite, Antetokounmpo picking up his fifth foul early on and heading to the bench, the Bucks continued to add to the lead. Middleton had eight points in the fourth.
Boston being banged up caught up with them in Game 3 and it's possible the breakneck pace they were playing in the first two games took a toll as well.
"We got in a hole". He said he gave the players the option to shoot, but ultimately sent them on their way with a message.
Milwaukee hustled for loose balls and stayed active around the paint, using its length to get deflections and disrupt Boston in the lane.
The Bucks' bench provided a huge lift. Milwaukee started the game with a new lineup thanks to John Henson's back injury and Tony Snell's ineffectiveness, with Tyler Zeller and Malcolm Brogdon taking their places.
Almost everything came together for Milwaukee.
The Bucks' problem in the first two games wasn't that they shot poorly from beyond the arc.
Maker, the 21-year-old 216cm tall physical freak, came on with four minutes left in the first quarter. He had nine assists.
Puerto Rico Experiences an Island-Wide Blackout: What You Need To Know
By late in the afternoon, power had returned to several hospitals and at least five of the island's 78 municipalities. More than 1.4 million Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority's (PREPA) customers lost electrical power and by 8 p.m.
The Celtics out-rebounded the Bucks, 45-37, but they slacked on ball control, as they turned the ball over 18 times, compared to the Bucks' nine. Meanwhile, the Bucks are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last six Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record.
Bucks: Malcolm Brogdon replaced Tony Snell at guard alongside Bledsoe.
The Boston Celtics have had their share of offensive clunkers this season.
Antetokounmpo has been a mentor for Maker and revealed a conversation he had with the young Sudanese-born, Australian-raised giant two weeks ago.
"I didn't think we were great, but offensively we were horrendous in the first (half)", said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.
Game four will also be Sunday night in Indianapolis.
"We can't get too sped up or get slowed down", Maker said.
Kragthorpe: Jazz pull together and pull off an improbable victory over OKC
Paul George shot just 6 of 21 while finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Carmelo Anthony had 17 points and nine rebounds. The game was filled with back and fourth runs by both teams with the lead changing a dozen times which also included 10 ties.