The Milwaukee Bucks dominated the second half once again, and have taken a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Boston Celtics with a 113-101 victory. The loss was met with a chorus of boos from the home crowd, as the Celtics likely wrapped up the home schedule with a decided lack of effort.
Milwaukee defensive effort picked up after halftime, as they held Boston to 17-of-44 from the field in the second half. On their end, the Bucks shot 25-of-48 in the second half and pulled away following a 33-23 advantage in the third quarter.
The decisive period of the game came when the Bucks outscored the Celtics 19-9 over the final 6:20 of the third period, despite both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton being on the bench with four fouls apiece.
Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 39 points and 16 rebounds. George Hill and Pat Connaughton led another strong bench effort with 15 and nine points respectively.
Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 23 points, but hit just 7-of-22 from the floor. Al Horford scored 20, Marcus Morris 18 and Jayson Tatum 17.
Boston’s bench was once again invisible, as they combined for just seven points on 3-of-17 shooting.
The series shifts back to Milwaukee, with the Bucks having a chance to close it out in Game 5 on Wednesday night. Boston is facing tall odds at coming back, as lower seeds have only won twice in 110 tries after falling behind 3-1.