Boston Celtics hold off Milwaukee Bucks in buzzer-beating thriller

Twitter reacts to Khris Middleton forcing OT with insane 3

Twitter reacts to Khris Middleton forcing OT with insane 3

Boston's Terry Rozier hit the expected game-winner for Boston to take a three-point lead with just over a second left. Milwaukee cashed in 19 of 24 free throws but was hurt by 20 turnovers in the contest.

With.5 seconds left, Milwaukee's Khris Middleton converted a game-tying three from almost half court to tie the game at 99, sending the game to overtime. First, Rozier hit a go-ahead 3 with 0.5 on the clock, seemingly giving the Celtics the win. The Warriors covered the spread at -3.5, while the game comfortably went over the total of 200.5 points. It's the first playoff meeting between the Bucks and Celtics since 1987, when Boston won a seven-game series in the East semifinals. The Boston Celtics are averaging 113 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 107 points on 48.2 percent shooting. The last few seconds of the regulation tilt were extremely interesting as first Terry Rozier scored a triple to give the Celtics a 3-point lead with just 0.5 seconds remaining, but when everybody expected that was it, Khris Middleton made a three from near midcourt to send the game to overtime.

The "kids" on the squad came through on the big stage as Rozier scored eight of his 23 points in overtime, Jaylen Brown scored 20 points while playing nearly 46 minutes, and rookie Jayson Tatum scored 19 points to go with 10 rebounds in 44 minutes.

Horford led all Celtics scorers with a 24-point (13-14 FT), 12-rebound double-double, in addition to four assists, two steals and three blocks. The Celtics are a scrappy, deep team that finds ways to win, and they showed that Sunday afternoon. Middleton had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Tatum then grabbed an offensive rebound and drove for a 108-105 lead with 1:22 left in the extra session.

"Like I said, we're optimistic, but we're not going to rush anything", Smart added. And while they are without Kyrie Irving for the rest of the postseason, they have more than enough to get into the second round.

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"That's not getting shot up", Middleton said. Jabari Parker logged just 15 minutes and finished with two points, while Thon Maker and Shabazz Muhammad didn't even take the floor.

"I knew they wouldn't hang their heads", Stevens said. At worst, it turns into an outcome like the one that played out in the regular-season finale at Philadelphia, which turned into a lopsided lead for the streaking 76ers by halftime.

Five Celtics scored more than 19 points, with Morris being one of them, as he dropped 21 off the bench for the C's.

Al Horford, however, was the one player who set the tone on both ends, and made sure absolutely everything had to be done. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Middleton put up great numbers, but Horford made sure it was never easy, and disrupted then any time he needed to.

He paused to consider the task of dealing with one of the most gifted players ever in Antetokounmpo.

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