Bucks level playoff series against Celtics; SA Spurs stay alive v Warriors

Arnold Nichols
April 23, 2018

Giannis Antetokounmpo tipped in Malcolm Brogdon's missed floater for the game-winning bucket with 5.1 seconds remaining as the host Milwaukee Bucks beat the Boston Celtics 104-102 in Game 4 Sunday to even the NBA Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at 2-2. The Celtics will continue to ride the production of Brown to help lift them in what has become an intense first-round playoff series after the Bucks have knotted it at 2-2 through the first four games.

Game 5 will be played in Cleveland on Wednesday, April 25. Boston's Marcus Morris then missed a potential game-tying jumper over Khris Middleton at the buzzer.

Le Bron James finished the Cavaliers' game with 32 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and another crowning achievement - his 100th career playoff game with 30 or more points, second all-time to Michael Jordan.

"The moment was right at the end when everybody came together and when it came down to the end, they got the lucky block they needed and they got the win!" said Scott Obst.

Game five is Tuesday night in Boston before the series returns to Milwaukee. They erased the deficit over the next quarter-and-a-half and seized a 100-99 lead on Jayson Tatum's jumper with 52.4 seconds remaining.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. "We were better on Middleton, I thought we did a decent job on Giannis, and we played more the way we want to play in the second half". Maker also was a huge presence, blocking five shots for the second consecutive game as the Bucks finally found some rim protection.

"The blocked shots are going to stand out because that's something somebody can see on the stat sheet", Bucks coach Joe Prunty said.

Antetokounmpo "made a great tip-in and he was battling for the ball".

The Bucks have the talent to steal this series given the Celtics are missing a host of key players. In fact, with the game-winning tip-in on Sunday, he is ideal on go-ahead shots in the final 20 seconds of regulation this season.

"We got the look we wanted".

The Celtics entered the break with only 35 points, but they came alive in the second half by moving the ball from side to side and attacking the heart of Milwaukee's defense with dribble penetration. "I think one of the most important thing we can carry on from this game and move forward is that we stayed disciplined and we trusted one another down the stretch".

Jaylen Brown had 34 points for the Celtics, while Tatum added 21 and Baynes had nine points and 11 rebounds. The Bucks went with the same starting five as Game 3, with Zeller replacing Henson and Brogdon starting for Tony Snell. Morris finished with 13 points and shot 4 of 14.

Brad Stevens was so impressed by Milwaukee's Game 3 performance, Saturday he called it the best performance by a team in this series.

Warriors: Livingston played despite spraining his left ankle late in the Warriors' Game 3 victory.

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