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Milwaukee Bucks: Takeaways from 117-113 loss to Boston Celtics

Milwaukee Bucks: Takeaways from 117-113 loss to Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics handed the Bucks a 117-113 defeat on Thursday night and two words can explain why: Al Horford.

Khris Middleton had sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around a Jayson Tatum floater, cutting the Celtics lead to 113-107 with 3:25 left.

The Celtics, who improved to a 6-2 slate, finished just a triple short of the National Basketball Association record of 25 set by the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 4 in a win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Maybe they were exhausted from scoring 38 points during the third quarter, but the Celtics gave up a 12-0 run to start the fourth and eventually allowed the Bucks to get back within a possession on multiple instances through out the fourth.

The answer is simple: "We were open", said Marucs Morris, who connected on 5-of-8 from deep including the record-setter. He opened the second half with three straight from beyond-the-arc and the Celtics appeared to be cruising with a 93-78 lead entering the fourth quarter.

While Milwaukee's lack of perimeter defense certainly played a role in the shootout, Boston still deserves most of the credit.

"We can get better".

Thursday was actually his highest-scoring game as a member of the Celtics, missing last season after a gruesome ankle injury in the opening game.

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Hayward's previous season-high was 15. But the Celtics preferred it this way, rather than have the Bucks sharp shooters get hot, and they maintained a 55-53 lead heading into Q3. "It felt good being able to be out there at the end of the game, too", Hayward said. Last game wasn't that great. It's the little things for me and him, at this point...

There was an extended time out midway through the first quarter, when World Series winning Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora carried the championship trophy onto the basketball court.

Fans roared when Cora led the players out of the tunnel continuing a celebration that started Sunday with a series-clinching victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Antetokounmpo spearheaded the comeback bid and towed the Bucks within a point, 113-112, but Irving and Horford knocked in the buffer free throws in the closing seconds.

After winning on Tuesday in the first game since Tyronn Lue was sacked, the Cavaliers couldn't make it two straight with acting head coach Larry Drew on the bench.

In particular, it was always going to be interesting to see how the Bucks matched up against a Celtics team that are generally a more modern, small-ball oriented group that shoots a lot of three-pointers and can switch on defense. The Celtics were also without starting forward Jaylen Brown, who was out with a sore foot.

Regardless, Ojeleye held his own, turning in a 10-point, five-rebound effort in 22 minutes of play.

Celtics: Visit Indiana on Saturday night in the first of five straight on the road.


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