The Boston Celtics on Tuesday avoided being embarrassed on their home court as it happened in Game 1 to defeat Milwaukee Bucks 109-86.
Jaylen Brown scored 25 of his 30 points in the first half, and the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks109-86 on Tuesday night to even their second-round playoff at one game apiece.
Brown delivered the top individual score of the game, Tatum ended with 29 points on his back, and Williams followed the count with 21 units.
Boston was hot from the start, outscoring Milwaukee 65-40 in the first half.
Boston’s scoring came largely from behind the arc as the Celtics made 20 of their 43 3-point attempts in the victory.
The Celtics’ defense made life difficult for the defending champions, who were held to under 90 points.
The Celtics clamped down on Giannis Antetokounmpo after his triple-double in the series opener.
Giannis ended the night with 28 points. However, Boston limited players like Brook Lopez who scored just two points into the scorebox.
Antetokounmpo missed his first six shots of the night before finally getting on the scoreboard via a dunk with less than a minute left in the opening period.
Holiday added 19 points and seven assists. Bobby Portis scored 13 points and eight rebounds.
Celtics won the vast majority of their three-pointer pressures.
Milwaukee just scored nine points out of 18 attempts from the three-point perimeter.
Meanwhile, Boston’s three-pointer efficiency reached 46.5%, scoring 60 points from long-range shots.
The series doesn’t resume until Game 3 on Saturday in Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Bucks won three of their last four games at home. The Bucks eliminated Chicago in their first playoff series.
Milwaukee ended the season 27-14 at home. Nevertheless, the Boston Celtics were one of the best visitors of the season with a 23-18 record.