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Leaning on key 'moments,' Bucks aim to close out Celtics in Game 6

According to STATS
According to STATS

Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks

  1. The Bucks took a 3-2 series lead with their 110-107 win in Game 5. The Celtics have lost four of its past six playoff games when facing elimination, while Milwaukee has won eight straight potential series-clinching games.
  2. In their Game 5 loss, the Celtics had a nine-point lead entering the fourth quarter. Since 2019-20, Boston is 14-2 (.846) in the playoffs when leading by nine or more points at the end of the third with the rest of the NBA being a combined 109-5 (.956) in such games over the last three postseasons.
  3. Jayson Tatum scored 34 points against the Bucks in Game 5 on 12-for-29 shooting from the field. Tatum is shooting 41.8 percent in this year's playoffs and Boston is 1-3 when Tatum shoots under that and 5-0 when he eclipses that mark.
  4. Milwaukee grabbed 17 offensive rebounds in its Game 5 win against the Celtics. Over the last two postseasons, the Bucks have 11 playoff games with 15+ offensive rebounds with the Grizzlies (six) being the only other NBA team with more than two such playoff games in that span.
  5. Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 40 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in Game 5. Antetokounmpo is the second player in the draft lottery era to average 38.0+ points, 13.0+ rebounds and 5.0+ assists in a three-game playoff span, joining Russell Westbrook (2018).
  6. Mike Budenholzer notched his 38th career playoff win for the Bucks and now has the second most wins in franchise postseason history. Budenholzer is four wins away from tying Don Nelson for the most playoff wins in franchise history (42).
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The Milwaukee Bucks will get an opportunity on their home floor to close out the second-seeded Boston Celtics when the tightly contested best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series continues Friday night.

The defending NBA champions used last-second heroics from Bobby Portis and Jrue Holiday, on top of a 40-point effort from Giannis Antetokounmpo, to pull out a 110-107 Game 5 win at Boston on Wednesday to take a 3-2 series lead.

With the teams having alternated wins and losses through five games, the scene shifts back to Milwaukee, where the Celtics were last seen evening the series for a second time with a 116-108 victory.

Even in losing three of five games, the Celtics have outscored the Bucks by four points and have averaged a 15.5-point margin of victory. But it's been third-seeded Milwaukee that's walked away with two- and three-point triumphs in the series' two tightest games in Game 3 and 5, respectively.

"Playoffs are all about moments," said Portis, whose offensive rebound and follow shot with 11 seconds remaining provided the difference-making points in Game 5. "It's not about how many shots you make. It's not about how many points you score. It's about moments. We got a lot of guys on this team that can have moments."

Most of those moments in Game 5 belonged to Antetokounmpo, whose 27 shots included a critical 3-pointer with 1:40 to go and Milwaukee down by six. He was fouled on what would have been his 28th attempt, setting up the two free throws that later put the Bucks ahead -- one that he made and the other that Portis followed in.

The Celtics have run different players at the two-time league MVP, including Grant Williams, Al Horford and Jaylen Brown.

While neither Antetokounmpo nor Brown, who had 26 points Wednesday, appear to have been physically affected by the battle, Williams and Horford showed some wear and tear at the offensive end in Game 5, combining for eight points on 4-for-10 shooting in a total of 71 1/2 minutes.

Without injured big man Robert Williams, who has missed the last two games with swelling in his surgically repaired left knee, the Celtics have been limited in their defensive options against the 6-foot-11 Bucks star. Williams will be a game-time decision for Game 6.

The Celtics blamed only themselves, not Williams' injury, for their failure to hold onto a 14-point lead on their home court Wednesday.

"We made it tougher on ourselves now," Celtics coach Ime Udoka said after the loss. "It'll make it sweeter when we bounce back, but we gave up a golden opportunity."

The visiting team has now won three of the five games in the series. The Bucks realize that home court guarantees nothing in Game 6.

"At the end of the day, can't get too high, can't get too low," Antetokounmpo said. "We were up seven or 10 the previous game. We lost it. They were up. They lost this one.

"It's great to go back home and feel good about ourselves, but the job is not done."

--Field Level Media

Updated May 13, 2022

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