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Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 42 points move Bucks to Celtics


MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 42 points and scored the basket with 44.3 seconds left and the Milwaukee Bucks held off a frantic flurry of shots in the final seconds to beat the Boston Celtics 103-101 on Saturday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. .

The defending champion Bucks lead the best-of-7 series 2-1, with Game 4 on Monday night in Milwaukee.

Boston trailed 103-100 when Marcus Smart was fouled by Jrue Holiday just before attempting a potential 3-point tie with 4.6 seconds left. Smart made the first free throw, then missed the second intentionally – throwing it at the rim.

That’s when things got crazy.

Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with a record 42 points.
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Smart got the rebound but missed his throw-in attempt. Boston’s Robert Williams got that rebound but also missed it. Boston’s Al Horford was just to the right of the basket when he converted his return opportunity, but the shot came just after the buzzer sounded. Replays confirmed that Horford did not beat the clock.

Antetokounmpo also had 12 rebounds and eight assists. His finger roll at the wheel helped the Bucks get ahead after losing a 14-point lead.

After leading by 13 with less than 10 minutes to go, the Celtics took a 100-99 lead and took their first lead since the start of their third quarter on Jaylen Brown’s two free throws with 1:49 left.

Jaylen Brown dribbles in the Celtics' loss to the Bucks.
Jaylen Brown dribbles in the Celtics’ loss to the Bucks.
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Both teams failed to score on their next possessions before Antetokounmpo put the Bucks back in front. Antetokounmpo then blocked Brown’s lay-up attempt, leading to Holiday’s basket which made it 103-100 with 11.2 seconds remaining.

Holiday had 25 points.

Brown led the Celtics with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Horford had 22 points and 16 rebounds.

New York Post

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