Bucks Hold On To Beat Celtics, Series Tied 2-2

Bucks Hold On To Beat Celtics, Series Tied 2-2

Bucks Hold On To Beat Celtics, Series Tied 2-2

´╗┐Giannis Antetokounmpo enhanced his reputation as one of the best players in the NBA with the game-winning play for the Milwaukee Bucks as they levelled their first-round NBA Eastern Conference playoff series against the Boston Celtics at 2-2.

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Here are my five takeaways from Milwaukee's 104-102 Game 4 victory.

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Thon Maker is a problem. It's been his play that has led to the Bucks evening the series more than anything else. Despite the fact that the Warriors will likely win this series, they look vulnerable.

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Jaylen Brown scored a game-high 34 points and had eight rebounds for the Celtics. "It's a shot that (Morris) can make 10 out of 10 times", Brown said. In just his second year in the league, Brown is showing that he's capable of being a bigtime postseason scorer. Poor clock management, poor shot selection, and more Thaddeus Young missed layups than one can count was their demise. They led by seven in the first period, but again got suckered into foolish bucketry.

He got it going in the second half on Sunday, scoring 18 of his 21 points.

While their games differ, there are some common threads that from the outset bonded them in a way that stood out. The Celtics came out after halftime and outscored the Bucks 67-53 in the second half, but it was not enough. Boston needs to continue fighting and keep up their energy even when the shots aren't falling. The Raptors controlled this game for much of this game, leading by 14 early in the third. The Boston Celtics need Al Horford to be more aggressive offensively.

Giannis Antetokounmpo's hunger wasn't done after evening the Milwaukee Bucks first-round playoff series with a clutch tip-in, leaving the arena for some tacos at Bel Air Cantina, only to be met with no service and leave taco-less.

Antetoukounmpo and Middleton needed their supporting crew to step up and they were able to do that in Games 1 and 2.

Milwaukee's bench is the key to this series. Also of note: The Bucks gobbled up 14 out of the possible 15 defensive rebounds in the second quarter, which was not coincidentally their best quarter. Forwards Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker are two players who have provided support to Antetokounmpo's show. He didn't and it proved to be the difference in the game.

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