Wednesday, March 22

Bucks put Celtics on the brink, display championship pedigree

BOSTON — What happened?

No, really—what just happened?

The Bucks beat the Celtics 110–107 on Wednesday, seizing a 3–2 lead in the series.

And, seriously—how did that happen?

“We beat ourselves,” said Boston guard Marcus Smart.

Said coach Ime Udoka, “We know we gave up a golden opportunity tonight.”

Added forward Jaylen Brown, “We gave it away.”

In a wild, unpredictable NBA playoffs—the Grizzlies beat the Warriors by how many?—this game may top them all. Ten minutes to play, Boston up 14 and this game was over. It wasn’t that the Celtics were playing great. Far from it. Jayson Tatum had 34 points … but needed 29 shots to get them. Brown had 26. Al Horford, the hero of Game 4, had eight. Daniel Theis, dusted off again with Robert Williams sidelined, was the only Celtics sub in double-figures.

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