Bucks even up series against Boston behind 27 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo

Thursday, 26 Apr, 2018

After traded baskets including a Malcolm Brogdon three, the game was tied at 102, and Milwaukee had a chance to run down the clock and try to take the lead.

"One thing is he hasn't played in a month and a half, " Stevens said.

The NBA released its Last Two Minute Report (L2M) for the Boston Celtics' Game 4 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.

Antetokounmpo finished with 27 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.

The Bucks fell into a deep deficit early, then fought back to force overtime on a desperation 3-pointer by Khris Middleton but faded in OT and lost 113-107. "Everybody was amped. We helped the bucks get the win for sure - the crowd did", said Chancie Eubanks.

On the Bucks' side, Jabari Parker has recovered nicely after struggling in Games 1 and 2.

The Bucks can look like world-beaters one night, capable of going toe-to-toe with the best in the game, only to come out looking flat and lethargic against a league bottom-dweller the next.

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Both teams traded clutch buckets down the stretch. Included in those 27 points: a jaw-dropping dunk over Al Horford and what ended up being the game-winning tip-in in the final seconds. Morris bent over in frustration near the Boston bench after his fadeaway hit the rim. "We have to embrace each other and try to make our own noise, our own environment". "It didn't go in tonight".

The Spurs never trailed, and led by as many as 10 in the first quarter and 17 in the second. His ability to slide between two or even three positions allowed Brad Stevens to get creative with matchups and schemes, and his incessant pressure and physicality bothered opposing ball handlers. Boston ended with a 43-36 edge on the boards. Terry Rozier has started at point guard all four games in the postseason.

Smart traveled with the team to Milwaukee for Games 3 and 4 of the series, which is now tied at 2. Middleton added 23 points in Game 4 and is putting up 25.5 points per game on 61.5 percent shooting. Backup C Thon Maker blocked five shots and played most of the fourth quarter. In 67 games before that, only the San Antonio Spurs ranked ahead of the Celtics in points per game allowed, 99.8 to 100.2.

"I'm supposed to come and give a spark off the bench", said Clarkson, who scored just two points in Game 3. After a rookie campaign when Jaylen Brown only averaged around 13 minutes a game, the California product has made a name for himself in the 2018 playoffs. The Spurs extended their lead to as many as 17 points in the first half while holding an edge in nearly every statistical category. "They had a lot to do with that".

Golden State, who had won 19 of their previous 20 playoff games, outrebounded the Spurs 61-34 but undid much of that by shooting just 38 percent from the field. He's getting extended minutes because Henson's injury.

The good news, for those wondering if Antetokounmpo got to enjoy a post-game meal on Sunday, is that Milwaukee's DiModa Pizza posted a picture of the Greek Freak at one of their locations on Sunday evening.