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Tied up: Giannis' tip-in lifts Bucks over Celtics in Game 4

Tied up: Giannis' tip-in lifts Bucks over Celtics in Game 4

The Bucks defeated the Celtics 104-102 at the Bradley Center on Sunday, thanks to Antetokounmpo's game-winning tip-in with 5.1 seconds left.

Having led by as much as 20 points in the third quarter, it seemed at one point like the Bucks were going to cruise to victory, and regain parity in this series in the simplest of fashion.

The home team has won every game in the first-round playoff series between the Celtics and Bucks.

Giannis has averaged 27.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.8 blocks in 39.0 minutes per game in the postseason. Their worst moment of the game came at the end of the first quarter, when the Bucks converted a basket to take a five-point lead before perpetual irritant Mathew Dellavedova stole an ill-advised groundball inbounds pass from Morris and laid it in at the buzzer.

Below is the Giannis game-winner and Morris' miss.

After coming into Milwaukee one way, the first-round series between the Celtics and Bucks will return to Boston with a different tone.

Jayson Tatum put the Celtics up 100-99 - their first lead since they were up 14-13 in the first quarter - by knocking down a pull-up jumper over Khris Middleton with:52 seconds remaining. "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". The Celtics had one more chance to tie the game following Antetokounmpo's tip-in, but Marcus Morris missed a fadeaway jumper as time expired.

"I've been around a lot of teams and have been fortunate to be around a lot of really tough teams", Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said of this 2017-18 group a few weeks back to ESPN.

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

Brogdon had given Milwaukee a 102-100 lead earlier on a three-pointer before Boston's Al Horford tied the score with a pair of free throws. It's a game between men, and we got out there and it gets chippy. In fact, with the game-winning tip-in on Sunday, he is flawless on go-ahead shots in the final 20 seconds of regulation this season. He finished the day as the game's leading scorer with 34 points. However, Milwaukee needs to remain focused and maintain the Game 3 energy moving forward. "Everybody was amped. We helped the bucks get the win for sure - the crowd did", said Chancie Eubanks.

Boston outscored Milwaukee by 16 points during the second half while Maker was on the court. Later, Parker complained about his lack of playing time and Eric Bledsoe refused to acknowledge that Boston point guard Terry Rozier, playing in place of injured Kyrie Irving, had schooled him in the first two games.

Jaylen Brown set another playoff career high with 34 points to lead the Celtics.

Patty Mills had an equal-team high five assists as the San Antonio Spurs eased to a 103-90 win over the Golden State Warriors to avoid a clean sweep.


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