Balanced Celtics hold on to edge Bucks in OT of Game 1

Balanced Celtics hold on to edge Bucks in OT of Game 1

Smart has been one of Boston's more versatile players this season, showing the ability to defend multiple positions in addition to coming up with big plays in the clutch.

On the other hand, Giannis Antetokounmpo had a monster game with a double-double of 35 points and 13 rebounds along with seven assists and three thefts; Middleton followed him with 31 points, eight boards, six dishes, and a couple of steals, while Malcolm Brogdon scored 16 points off the bench.

Rozier crossed up Eric Bledsoe and hit a three-pointer to put his team up by three, with 0.5 seconds remaining as it looked like the Celtics had done enough to snatch the win.

Boston needed overtime to hold off Milwaukee at the TD Garden on Sunday, winning 113-107 on the back of Al Horford's double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds.

The first game begins at noon from Boston on TNT.

Rozier went back to the line and hit one of two.

Rozier added three free throws to provide the final margin.

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The Bucks closed to 89-87 before Marcus Morris made a falling down jumper just inside the arc to make it 91-87.

"I'm excited for all those guys, because this is a great opportunity for (them)", Stevens said before Sunday's Game 1.

Out of a timeout, Brogdon got free on the wing and drained a 3 with 10.3 to play to tie it at 96. "But right now Game 7 (of Bucks series) or second round".

Trailing 99-96 with.5 seconds left, Middleton caught the ball near half-court and launched a shot, knocking it down as time expired.

The Bucks led 47-44 at halftime. That lone start belonged to Baynes. Although injuries have made life incredibly hard for the Celtics of late, they've continued to perform well, and closed out a very impressive season with a 55-win total.

Tatum brought the crowd to its feet early in the first quarter when he took an outlet pass from Horford and went in for fast break dunk over the outstretched arm of Antetokounmpo.

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