Boston Celtics sealed the opening game with a 113-107 overtime victory to take Game 1 against Milwaukee Bucks into their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series at the TD Garden.
Al Horford has been terrific all game long as he led the team with 24 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals, committing only one turnover in 44 minutes of playing time.
Meanwhile, Terry Rozier helped the Celtics with 23 points to overcome the incredible catch-and-shoot make performance of Bucks’ Khris Middleton. (Don’t forget to check 12BET for more Free Betting Tips)
In fact, Rozier almost got the game winning shot as he knocks down his stepped back three with 0.5 seconds left in the clock, giving Boston a 99-96 lead in the fourth quarter.
However, Middleton sends the match to overtime after he hit a contested long three-pointer as regular time expired.
During the extra time, Rozier stayed hot and paired up with some late heroics from Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum, who finished 19 points, and outscored the Bucks to 14-8 to lead the series to 1-0.
”It’s been amazing. It’s my third year in the league, third year in the Playoffs, and it just keeps getting better. I just know I gotta step up. ‘I know I gotta fill big shoes. I don’t feel no pressure. I’m glad to be in this position.” Rozier stated (Sign Up now for more updated news and sports events)
In addition, Marcus Morris added 21 points while Jaylen Brown contributed 20 points.
On the other hand, All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo guided Milwaukee with 35 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists before fouling out in overtime while Middleton had 31 points, eight boards and six assists.
Moving forward, the Game 2 of the best-of-seven series will still be in Boston on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 8:00 AM (GMT +8).
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