Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 42 points lift Bucks over Celtics

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 42 points and made the go-ahead basket with 44.3 seconds left and the Milwaukee Bucks withstood a frantic flurry of photographs within the closing seconds to beat the Boston Celtics 103-101 on Saturday in Game 3 of the (*42*) Conference semifinal.

The defending champion Bucks lead the best-of-7 sequence 2-1, with Game 4 on Monday evening in Milwaukee.

Boston trailed 103-100 when Marcus Smart was fouled by Jrue Holiday simply earlier than trying a possible tying 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds remaining. Smart made the primary free throw, then missed the second deliberately — flinging it on the rim.

That’s when issues acquired wild.

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo completed with a game-high 42 points.

Smart acquired the rebound however missed his putback try. Boston’s Robert Williams acquired that rebound but in addition missed. Boston’s Al Horford was simply to the appropriate of the basket when he transformed his putback alternative, however the shot got here simply after the buzzer sounded. Replays confirmed Horford didn’t beat the clock.

Antetokounmpo additionally had 12 rebounds and eight assists. His driving finger roll helped the Bucks pull again forward after blowing a 14-point lead.

After trailing by 13 with lower than 10 minutes left, the Celtics pulled forward 100-99 and took their first lead since early of their third quarter on Jaylen Brown’s two free throws with 1:49 remaining.

Jaylen Brown dribbles during the Celtics' Game 3 loss to the Bucks.
Jaylen Brown dribbles throughout the Celtics’ Game 3 loss to the Bucks.
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Both groups failed to attain on their subsequent possessions earlier than Antetokounmpo put the Bucks again forward. Antetokounmpo then blocked Brown’s driving layup try, resulting in Holiday’s basket that made it 103-100 with 11.2 seconds remaining.

Holiday had 25 points.

Brown led the Celtics with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Horford had 22 points and 16 rebounds.

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