Giannis, Bucks rebound at home against Boston
The Milwaukee Bucks notched their first win of the 2018 NBA Playoffs as a change of scenery proved to be just the right tonic for Giannis Antetokounmpo and company…
Giannis Antetokounmpo overcame foul trouble as he helped his Milwaukee Bucks notch a vital 116-92 win over the Boston Celtics at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in game three of the Eastern Conference first round playoff series.
Limited playing time due to early fouls saw Antetotkounmpo spend more time than usual on the bench, but as did a handful of Bucks’ starters as a healthy Milwaukee lead late in the game limited the urgency for Bucks’ coach Joe Prunty.
Antetokounmpo’s 19 points was the second-highest total on the Bucks roster with teammate Khris Middleton leading the charge with 23 points on the night.
Having scored 30 or more points in his last four playoff games, Antetokounmpo’s failure to reach that mark on Friday night means he remains tied for the franchise record of consecutive 30-point playoff games with the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
After struggling in the first two games of the series in Boston, Milwaukee rebounded well in game three as the home comforts of the BMO Harris Harris Bradley Center set-up the Bucks nicely with a double-digit lead in the first quarter.
Milwaukee wouldn’t relinquish that lead en route to a vital win that sees the Celtics’ lead in the playoff series diminish to 2-1 ahead of what will be another interesting showdown in Milwaukee for game four of the series on Sunday.