Khris Middleton hit two three pointers as the Bucks marched into TD Garden and jumped out to a 14-4 lead against the Celtics who were just getting used to being top-dogs in the East. Tony Snell, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Malcolm Brogdon and Middleton all were extremely active in the beginning. The Celtics weren’t planning on relenting though as they fought to a 24-24 tie at the end of the first.
The Bucks could have been intimidated at that point and slowed their roll but it was just starting as Mirza Teletovic hit two three-pointers for six of his eight points and the Bucks went on a ten point run. That didn’t mean it was gonna get any easier though. Even though the Bucks led 55-49 at the half, the Celtics came back in the to take a short lived 72-70 lead.
Another chance for the Bucks to choke like the less mature versions of themselves we are used to seeing. That’s when Matthew Dellavedova decided to take over and prove how valuable of an addition he’s been. Delly only brought 7 points and 5 dimes but it didn’t matter because there was plenty of other hot hands. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Khris Middleton added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists but it was rookie Malcolm Brogdon who came up big after the Celtics had tied the game at 95-95 before the Bucks fought back.
The youngster hit the most clutch shot of the game that put the Bucks up 103 – 100 and sealed the victory for Milwaukee.
The Young Bucks head back home to face Detroit on Friday.