National Basketball Association roundup: Bucks rout Celtics, close series gap to 2-1


It's the continuation of a first-round Eastern Conference playoff matchup as the series carries on in Brew City.

Maker pulled off four spectacular blocks in four minutes and Dellavedova delivered the aggressive defence his squad had lacked, electrifying the Milwaukee crowd and giving the Bucks a 27-12 first-quarter lead.

It takes quite a bit to make Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier uncommunicative, but a 24-point Game 3 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks after two days of questions from the media about Eric Bledsoe's sniping combined with his first five turnovers of the playoffs and a 2-for-9 performance will make even the friendliest of National Basketball Association players a little surly.

With their backs up agains the wall following two losses in Boston to start the series, the Bucks returned home and picked up an essential win in front of an amped up home crowd.

Of the eight turnovers, four came from Terry Rozier III, who just went 78 minutes without committing a turnover. Four of his five blocks Friday came in the first quarter. The Celtics were 32 of 80 for 40.0 percent from the floor.

Maker, you might recall, played well at a similar point last postseason, scoring 11 points in Milwaukee's 104-77 Game 3 blowout of the Raptors at home. The Celtics did win the rebounding battle 45-37 and grabbed 17 offensive boards but it didn't matter: the team turned the ball over 18 times and had 13 shots blocked.

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Al Horford led all Celtics scorers with 16 points (7-13 FG) and three rebounds. Milwaukee will have an uphill battle, as even with Friday's win, Boston is 35-0 all-time when leading a 7 game series 2-0. Make sure to tune into the game and Dairyland Express afterward for your Bucks' highlights! The Bucks took control from the beginning of the quarter and never let go. The Bucks easily covered the spread as 4.5-point favorites, and the game went over the total of 206 points.

The C's finished the first half with an unimpressive 30.8 shooting percentage, while only knocking down 3-of-11 shots from beyond the arc.

Before diving into those wildcard elements of Milwaukee's win, we talked about how Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo continued to lead their team from the front. Milwaukee started the game with a new lineup thanks to John Henson's back injury and Tony Snell's ineffectiveness, with Tyler Zeller and Malcolm Brogdon taking their places.

The game was in sharp contrast to the series' first two outings.

The Australian was the first sub in the game and when he entered after only three minutes the Bucks trailed 5-6. Until Boston shows they can slow Milwaukee's offense, you have to ride with the hosts here.