The depleted Boston Celtics gave the Milwaukee Bucks a run for their money on Tuesday night at Fiserv Forum, but they ultimately fell 131-125 in overtime to drop to 41-17 on the season.
was without Al Horford, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown against the Bucks, but the likes of the newly-acquired Mike Muscala, Derrick White, Blake Griffin, Malcolm Brogdon and Sam Hauser combined to put up a tremendous fight.
White led Boston with 27 points, two rebounds and 12 assists, and Brogdon also notched 26 points, four rebounds and four assists.
The Milwaukee Bucks won their 11th straight game Tuesday night with a 131-125 overtime victory over the Boston Celtics at Fiserv Forum, which tied Memphis for the second-longest winning streak in the league this season. Brooklyn (12) had the longest stretch of wins at any point this year.
It is the longest winning streak by a Bucks team since the 2019-20 edition won 18 in a row.
The Celtics still had a five-point lead with two minutes left, but the Bucks scored the final seven points of the game.
Holiday stole the ball from White and dunked to cut Boston’s lead to 123-122 with 1:32 left. After each team made two free throws, Holiday put the Bucks ahead for good with his 3-pointer.
Grant Williams lost the ball on Boston’s next possession, Grayson Allen got the steal and a clear-path foul was called on the Celtics with 3.2 seconds left.
Antetokounmpo made the ensuing two free throws and capped the scoring with a dunk at the buzzer.
White, the reigning Eastern Conference player of the week, led the Celtics with 27 points. Brogdon added 26 and Mike Muscala had 18.
Jrue Holiday’s career night bails out Bucks
The Bucks completed a 3-0 road trip with back-to-back wins in Los Angeles last Thursday and Friday, but after two days off and a practice on Monday they could not keep their rhythm against Boston. In falling behind by as many as 14 in the third quarter, the Bucks gave the ball away (16 turnovers for 25 Celtics points) and kept the officials busy (16 personal fouls) – which allowed the Celtics to put up 10 more shots.
But, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday helped the Bucks close the quarter on a 12-3 run to head into the fourth down 95-90.
Middleton then got in the act and scored five straight to open the fourth and Antetokounmpo added four more to effectively reset the game.
Celtics: Boston lost despite having a 27-10 edge in points off turnovers. … Mike Muscala got his first career technical foul in third quarter for saying something to the Bucks bench after dunking in the third quarter.
Bucks: Antetokounmpo’s nine assists increased his career total to 3,271. He’s one behind Paul Pressey for the career franchise lead. … Antetokounmpo and Holiday won’t be the only Bucks representatives at the All-Star Game this weekend. Johnny Watson, the Bucks’ executive producer for arena and event presentation, will direct and produce in-game entertainment at the All-Star Game for an eighth time. Bucks disc jockey DJ Shawna and in-game host Melanie Ricks will handle those same roles at the All-Star Game.
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