Brad Stevens' Masterful Adjustments Swing Series In Celtics' Favor

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Brad Stevens' Masterful Adjustments Swing Series In Celtics' Favor

A 3-pointer by Eric Bledsoe brought the Bucks within 81-77, only for Brown to split a pair of free throws and get a lay-up to make it an 84-77 game with 1:49 to play.

BOSTON Al Horford had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Marcus Smart made an impact in his first game since mid-March and the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 92-87 on Tuesday night for a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 23 points, Jabari Parker added 17 points and eight rebounds, and Giannis Antetokounmpo had a series-low 16 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists.

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"I didn't think he got the ball off, so I said, 'That's a shot clock violation.' That was my discussion".

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In the end, the extra possession didn't result in a basket for the Celtics, as Marcus Morris missed a jumper, but it did allow them to roll an extra 20 seconds or so off the clock, which at that juncture in the game was nearly as important as two points.

The Bucks were understandably steamed about the missed call and the lack of a replay review that might've rectified it.

The Celtics out together their best half of the series, thanks largely to their ability to limit the Bucks to 37 points on 34.9 percent shooting. The Celtics finished with 18 turnovers.

"You're not going to be flawless against him", Stevens said. "Tonight we had too many lapses where we just didn't want it as bad as they did".

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Jaylen Brown (14 points) and Marcus Morris (10 points) were also in double figures for the Celtics.

The C's inbounded again, with 15 seconds on the shot clock, and when Smart went to the floor, he managed to roll the pass to Horford for an 86-79 lead with 28.1 seconds left.

Rozier and Eric Bledsoe got tangled up with 9:33 left in the third quarter. They then got face-to-face and had to be separated. Bledsoe in turn was assessed a Flagrant 1 foul.

After the game, Prunty was asked if he got an explanation for the missed call, and replied, "not a good enough one".

"We're looking forward to Game (6)", Bledsoe said.

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