Boston Celtics 125 vs. 131 Milwaukee Bucks summary: stats and highlights | NBA
The Milwaukee Bucks rattled off their 11th straight win on Tuesday night against the Boston Celtics. Jrue Holiday led all scorers with 40 points in the 131-125 overtime win from Fiserv Forum.
Celtics second team puts up a fight
The Celtics came into Milwaukee decimated by injuries, forcing Joe Mazzula start a five without Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Al Horford. The Bucks entered the game as the hottest team in the NBA, which made many think the battle between the top two teams in the East would be a blowout for Giannis and the Bucks.
Boston came out and made a statement early on, led by Derrick White who had just won the Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Mike Mascula of all people got the Cs going, scoring 10 points in the first quarter as the visitors had 10 assists on their first 13 baskets.
Each of Boston’s second string starting five put in double digits, and Malcolm Brogdon poured in 26 points off the bench second only to White’s 27 for the Celtics who led for almost the entire first half.
Holiday steals the show
Milwaukee made a run at the end of the first half and Jrue Holiday drilled a three ball to give the Bucks the lead going into the break. That late bucket foreshadowed things to come from Holiday.
Joe Mazzula’s team showed resiliency after giving up the lead going into halftime, coming out in the third quarter jumping back out to a 14 point lead.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks kept bouncing back, and they went on a 21-3 run that started in the third quarter and finished at the beginning of the fourth to take the lead back from the Celtics.
Giannis flirts with a triple double
The fourth quarter went back and forth, and it was Sam Hauser who hit a pull up three to tie the game with three seconds on the clock sent the game to overtime. In the OT session, Giannis and Jrue Holiday held off the Celtics to keep their win streak alive. It took a late three ball from Holiday to take the lead and seal the win with 25 seconds on the clock.
Holiday, who was recently named to the All-Star game, ended the game with 40 points on 8/12 shooting from three point range and Giannis was an assist away from a triple double and ended his night with 36 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists to make it 11 straight for the Bucks.
After a back and forth OT session, Jrue Holiday drills the go ahead three ball that would bury the Celtics in his 40 point effort.
We don't alway put in highlights of the losing team, but when Sam Hauser nails a three to send the game in to OT, we have no choice.
Holiday could do no wrong on Tuesday night. He sunk this buzzer beater from behind halfcourt as part of a 21-3 run at the end of the third quarter and into the fourth.
Holiday was money from DT, going 8/12 from long range including a buzzer beat at the end of the third quarter, which you will see in just a minute.
Giannis and the Bucks have now won 11 straight games, but this one came down to the wire. They needed everyone of the Greek's 36 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists.
It as an ugly first half for the Bucks who couldn't hang on to the ball to start the game, but luckily for them they have a guy called Giannis. And he's pretty good.
Jrue Holiday was named to the All-Star team last week, and the Bucks PG repaid the trust by posting 40 points, including the go ahead three ball which you will see in just a minute.
Giannis with the dunk to end the game and the Bucks hold on to win against and under manned Celtics side in Milwaukee!
The Celtics lost the ball and Giannis was fouled in the open floor. He hit both FTs and the Bucks get the ball back with 3.1 left on the clock.
That should do it from Fiserv.
HOLIDAY FOR THREE OFF THE CONNAUGHTON ASSIST!!!
Late whistle on the Brogdon floater, and the Carter fould send the Celtics to the line. He hits both FTs to give the Celtics the lead!
Allen goes to the line after the Brogdon foul and he hits both to put the Bucks up with under a minute to go in the OT session.
Holiday makes it a one point game after the steal and score!!
Hauser sends Giannis to the line, and the Greek hits both FTs!
Brogdon with the off balance runner from the FT line!
Holiday going to the line after the White foul and he hits two of two.
White strings a triple try off the dribble!!!
WHite with the drive and the left handed finish to put the Celtics back in front.
The Overtime session has started and this is anyone's game. Who would have thought the Celtics would give the Bucks a game with no Tatum, Brown, Smart or Horford.
MIddleton missed the buzzer beater and we are off to OVERTIME here in Milwaukee!!!
HAUSER DRILLS THE THREE WITH THREE SECONDS ON THE CLOCK TO TIE THE GAME UP!!! How did the Bucks let him shoot the three to tie the game up???
MIL take the TO with 3 seconds left!!!
Holiday is fouled by Williams and he gets both to go! Celtics take a timeout with 7.1 to go in the game.
Brogdon with an open path for the jam.
Giannis had a great look to seal the game but missed the lay up and the Celtics take a TO with 21.2 to go in the game!
Giannis gets fouled by White and he goes to the line and hits one of two. We have a three point game with 1:21 to go.
Giannis is slow to get up after taking a shot on a hard drive to the bucket. Timeout here from MIL with 1:51 to go in the game.
We are under two to play in Milwaukee
White is fouled by Ingles and he hits two of two to bring it to a two point game.
MIL take a timeout after the Hauser bucket with 2:55 to go in th game.
Out of the timeout it's Hauser with a bucket right under the rim after the offensive board.
Holiday with another three ball off another Giannis assist, and the Bucks lead by 6 off a 10-0 run in the last two minutes!!!
Timeout Boston with 3:51 to go in the game
Giannis fouled by Williams and he goes to the line hitting BOTH! That's been rare tonight for the Greek Freak.
Holiday with the step in three ball and the Bucks are back in the lead!!!
MIddleton hitting the offensive boards off the Connaughton miss and he gets the put back.
Brogdon with the three ball, and thats two straight threes for BOS!
Hauser with a huge triple try to give the Celtics the lead back! It's going to have to be someone other than White stepping up tonight, and Hauser looks like he wants the smoke.
Holiday with the lay up off the Giannis assist and he is inching closer to a triple double with his 7th assist.
Allen gets to the line after the Hauser foul and he ties the game up with two FTs.
Just when it seemed like the Bucks were taking control of this game, he hits back to back buckets to give the C's the lead back.
MIL take a TO after a 6-0 spurt from BOS. There is still 8:32 to go in the final quarter.
White going coast to coast with a defender tied to his hip, but he gets the finger roll to go.
Williams finally stops the bleeding with a drive to the bucket and the stretch for the slam.
Giannis on the drop step move on the block and he finishes off the glass. 21-3 is the run for MIL.
The Bucks start the quarter on a 7-0 run, and a 19-3 run since the end of the 3rd quarter.
White turned it over and Giannis could smell blood in tranistion, he goes right at the defense and gets lay up on the break to give the Bucks the lead.
BOS take a TO with 10:27 to go in the final quarter.
MIddleton gets the roll on the fader in the lane and we are all tied up!
MIddleton going to the rack to start the fourth quarter and he gets an AND 1 on the lay up! FT is good and we have a two point game!
Holiday hits the buzzer beater from behind half court to get this crowd off it's feet heading into the the fourth quarter!!!
Boston lead by five after three quarters!
Pritchard with a much needed bucket in transition to break the MIL run and he goes to the line for the three point play!
Giannis going to the rack and got fouled. He almost got the roll on the dunk that hit off the rim and popped up but didn't fall. He hits one of two FTs from the line.
Ingles was left wide open from downtown and he sticks the three bal! An 8-0 Bucks run as the Cs lead down to 6.
Hilday into the land and he hits the jump hook after the spin in the lane.
Holiday drills the three ball after the assist from Giannis!
Dump off from Brogdon to R Wililams who gets the short floater to go.
Muscala sends Lopez to the line with a hard foul under the basket and the big man hits both FTs.
Brogdon at the line out of the timeout, and he hits two of two.
Boston calls a timeout after neither team has scored in the last two minutes. We have 2:55 to go in the third quarter and the shorthanded Celtics lead by 12.
Brogdon sticks the three ball on the step back off the screen and the lead is back to double digits!
White, driving, spinning and scroing on the drive from the right side. He's got 16 and 11 assists tonight.
Griffin with the lay up after another assist from the Celtics, this time from Hauser.
Giannis getting back to the rack and gets the finish.
Williams drills the three ball to put the Cs back up 7.
Hauser with a reverse lay up after the but and dish from Holiday.
Out of the timeout Allen drills the three ball after the assist from Ingles.
Muscala with a long ball, and don't be surprised if he continues to chirp at the Bucks bench! He's got 18 points tonight!
Timeout Bucks with 7:26 to go in the third quarter.
Griffin gets the entry pass and goes up quick to get the bucket and the foul! FT is no good.
White has 10 assists already!
Williams was fouled by Allen and he hits one of two FTs.
Muscala drive right down main street and he soars to the iron! He got a T after jawing towards the Bucks bench after the jam.
Allen hit the FT after the tech.
Giannis getting back to the bucket and gets the lay up and one! He missed the FT, but a lane violation gives him another chance and he hits it.
Griffin was dared to take the three pointer and he drilled the wide opend deep ball.
Hauser manuvering around the paint and getting the lay up after the White assist.
WE ARE BACK IN PLAY FROM MILWAUKEE!!
Giannis gets the scoring going with a three ball off the dribble!
Giannis has 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists through the first quarter and the Bucks have the one point lead going into the second half.
Sometimes it's just this easy. Toss the ball down to Giannis and let him bully everyone around.
White was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week last week, and tonight he is leading the C's with 14 points through the first half.
Brogdon has 12 pionts off the bench and he has put in some valuable minutes. You would have thought with Tatum and Brown out of this game he would have got the start, but he is a guy who is adapting to his bench role in BOS.
Williams and the Celtics got off to a hot start despite their top two stars on sideline. They led most of the first half as Joe Mazzula had his team rolling.
WE ARE ALL DONE WITH THE OPENING HALF FROM MILWAUKEE!!!
The Celtics were up for almost the entire half, but the Bucks 10-0 run late in the second quarter set up a Holiday three ball that gave MIL a rare lead to go into halftim.
Holiday drills the three ball off the skip pass from Allen and the Bucks lead with under 20 to go in the first half.
White was fouled by Ingles and he hits two of two from the charity stripe.
Giannis was fouled on his way to the bucket and goes to the line but missed both FTs. We are under a minute in the first half here from MIlwaukee
Off the ball foul on Giannis, and Muscala gets one of two at the line.
Ingles drills the catch and shoot three ball and the Bucks lead for just the second time tonight!!! 10-0 run for the Bucks since the TO.
MIddleton hanging in the lane and getting the floater to go.
Holiday wiggles his way to the basket and he gets the layup to go!
BOS take a timeout with 2:37 to go in the half, still leading by 4.
Holiday cuts into the Boston lead with a three ball from the top of the key off the assist from Connaughton.
White with another three ball!!! The Celtics are up 9 points largley because of the night that White is having.
Brogdon off the dribble and he hits the 13 footer.
MIddleton answers with a catch and shoot triple try!
White drills the three ball to put the Celtics back up by 7!
Holiday comes out of the timeout and hits two FTs after the Brogdon foul.
Griffin drills a three off the White kick out and the Bucks need a timeout with 5:44 to go in the half.
White ends the Carter run with a lay up on the left side.
Carter with back to back three balls!!! The Bucks are within a point.
Willams drills the three in the corner after the pump fake!
Brogdon gets the inbounds pass and the quick trigger off balanced shot goes under the basket.
Allen putting it on the deck and getting to the bucket with a layup.
Muscala cutting to the bucket and got the feed from Brogdon for the mid range bucket.
Offensive foul against Griffin, and there were some afters between him and Ingles, and that led to a tech which Brogdon followed with a made FT.
Giannis had numbers as the Celtics were slow to get back and he gets the finger roll to drop.
Brogdon going back to the iron and he finishes it at the rack.
Giannis fighting, and working to get to the line and he hits on of two.
Brogdon break the Bucks run with a lay up at the rack.
Giannis kicks it out to Allen who was open for three and open for buisness!
Giannis was cherry picking and the long pass led to an easy basket in tranistion.
Giannis got the long rebound and dished it out to Carter for three to start the quarter!
That will bring us to the end of the first quarter, and it's the short handed Celtics serving up a surprise on the road in Milwaukee.
Muscala leads all scorers with 10 points. BOS went on a 13-4 run after giving up the lead for a moment in that opening quarter.
Brogdon is fouled by Ingles with 5 seconds to go in the first quarter and he hits one of two.
Brogdon drawing the defense and dumpoing it off to R. Wililams for the jam down low.
R. Williams hitting the offensive glass hard and he gets the put back to go.
MIddleton had his shot blocked on the drive but followed it up with an easy bucket down low.
Brogdon was fouled by Middleton before the timeout and he hits both FTs.
MIddleton shifts into the mid range and hits the pull up jumper. Not many in the game better off the dribble the Middleton and the Celtics need a timeout with 2:25 to go in the 1st quarter.
Pritchard hits it from the logo after the C's get the offensive rebound!
Williams on the drive, he absorbs the contact, hits it off the glass and gets the foul! FT is good to complete the 3 point play.
Ingles with a little shot put from a step inside the elbow and the Bucks lead for the first time tonight.
Holiday hanging in the lane and getting the off balalce lay up to drop.
Lopez gets fouled by Kornet and he hits both FTs to bring the Bucks within 3.
White answers back with a lay up on the right side and the C's have been up since the start of the game thanks to that man right there.
Giannis using that big body to get to the paint and finish with the soft kiss off the glass.
Muscala for three and he's got 7 early points, but Holiday answers back with a three ball of his own.
Giannis gets the hook shot in the lane to drop.
Muscala with another easy bucket, and the Bucks are leaving him wide open down low.
Hauser drills a three ball and he's off to a nice start on a night where the C's will need him.
COnnaughton putting it on the deck and getting to the iron for an early bucket.
Griffing going strong to the rack and he gets the lay up to go.
Giannis got fouled by Williams and he hit one of two FTs.
Muscala with the baseline jumper from outside the lane.
It took a minute to get the scoring going in MIL, but once WHite hit his floater to get the night going, six straight buckets fell on each side of the court. Sorry for the technical difficulties. Should be sorted now.
WE ARE UNDERWAY FROM MILWAUKEE!!!
A BATTLE BETWEEN THE TOP TWO TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE STARTS NOW.
The Bucks come into tonight with a full squad looking for their eleventh straight win. Giannis is on triple double watch against a banged up Celtics squad.
With basically half the squad out, the Celtics dig deep into their bench, with White leading the way in a watered down battle between the top two teams in the East.
Giannia staring down another MVP
Giannis won back-to-back Most Valuable Player awards in 2019 and 2020. He looks on track being the running again this year, averaging 32.4 points, 12.3 assists and 5.4 rebounds this year. In his last seven games he has had two 50 points games, and you would’t put it past him to add another to the list.
Tatum out too
Boston hits the road with a short handed side that will see Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum out tonight. Tatum is out with a illness a non COVID related illness. The Celtics star is averaging 30.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists. Brown is out with a facial injury after taking some friendly fire from his teammate Tatum.
Taking a look at the Eastern Conference standings coming into tonight, the Boston Celtics stand at the top of the table with a record of 41-16 after their four game win streak. The Bucks are in striking distance, sitting in second in the East, just 1.5 games back of the C’s, and with a win here tonight they can draw even closer to the top spot in the conference. This is the second of three regular season games after Boston beat the Bucks at TD Garden on Christmas.
Boston is in the building, but missing their stars
Derrick White stepped up in the last Celtics game as Jaylen Brown missed three of the last four games for Boston. Tonight the C’s will be without Brown and Jayson Tatum who is out as well. Even more of the scoring burden will fall on the shoulders of Derrick White who has already showed he can carry this team if need be.
The two time MVP lives for nights like these, especially at the Fiserv Forum. Giannis knows that he has to be at his best when the lights shine brightest and tonight he will be spotlighted. His numbers have been incredible all season long, but that really shouldn’t surprise us. After all he is an NBA Champ and a multiple MVP.
Boston last time out
The Celtics continued to assert their dominance over the league’s cream of the crop with a win over the Memphis Grizzlies over the weekend. The Celtics were without Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum had a sub par night, scoring just 16 points. Sam Hauser stepped up in his starting role, and Derrick White led the C’s with 23 points and 10 assists in a game that went to the fourth quarter as a one possession game. White had 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to lead Boston to their fourth straight win in the 119-109.
Bucks last time out
The Bucks made it 10 straight over the weekend with a 119-106 win over the LA Clippers out west. Giannis Antetokoumnpo had 35 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the double digit win. It was a slow start for Milwaukee, who ended the first quarter with just 22 points, but the Greek Freak and Brook Lopez turned it on in the final three quarters. Lopez had 22 points and 15 rebounds in as the Bucks shot 50 percent from the field and pulled away in the fourth quarter to wrap up their 10 straight win. They have not lost in almost a month and will put that streak on the line tonight.
We are live from Fiserv Forum
Hello everyone and welcome to Wisconsin where the Bucks return home after a three game road trip looking to extend their winning streak to 11 games. In that span they took down the top team in the West, the Denver Nuggets, and tonight they will have a chance to take down the top team in the Eastern Conference as they host the Celtics.
Celtics vs. Bucks
It’s a Valentine’s Day showdown Fiserv Forum, and the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks have been in the midst of a lovers quarrel in the last few years as opposed to living happily ever after. Two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference over the last few years will go toe-to-toe tonight from Milwaukee and AS English will be with you all night providing live coverage, stats, highlights and analysis of tonight’s spotlight match up.