July 16, 2024
Portis, Antetokounmpo spark 25-0 spurt in Bucks’ 135-102 blowout of Celtics

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports activities Author

MILWAUKEE – Bobby Portis and Giannis Antetokounmpo mixed to attain 20 straight factors throughout a 25-0 spurt halfway by way of the primary half and the Milwaukee Bucks rolled to a 135-102 victory over the NBA-leading Boston Celtics on Thursday night time. 

Portis scored 28, Antetokounmpo added 24 and each gamers had 12 rebounds to assist the Bucks win for simply the second time in six video games. Damian Lillard chipped in 21 factors whereas returning to Milwaukee’s lineup after lacking the Bucks’ 132-116 dwelling loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday for private causes. 

The Bucks led by as many as 43 factors in Jrue Vacation’s return to Milwaukee, and their 75-38 lead on the break was their fourth-biggest halftime benefit in franchise historical past. The Bucks hadn’t performed a sport since Monday, whereas the Celtics had been again in motion one night time after beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 127-120 in time beyond regulation. 

Boston allowed its highest level complete of the season and rested all its starters for your complete second half. The Bucks did not play any of their starters within the fourth quarter. 

Payton Pritchard scored 21 and Sam Hauser 15 for the Celtics, who missed 16 of their first 17 3-point makes an attempt and ended up going 9 of 34 from past the arc. Milwaukee shot 56.5% total and was 18 of 42 on 3-point makes an attempt. 

After Boston’s Oshae Brissett dunked to chop Milwaukee’s result in 31-23 with 2:14 remaining within the first quarter, the Celtics would not rating once more for over 6 1/2 minutes. Boston’s drought lastly ended when Jaylen Brown dunked with 7:38 left within the second interval.
Portis scored 13 factors and Antetokounmpo had seven throughout that 25-0 spurt. 

After Portis scored eight of the final 10 factors within the first quarter to increase Milwaukee’s result in 41-23, the Bucks scored 15 straight factors to open the second interval. 

Portis, who had been 1 of 12 from 3-point vary this month, was 5 of 6 from past the arc on Thursday. 

Vacation scored six factors and shot 2 of 9 in his first sport at Milwaukee because the Bucks traded him in September as a part of the package deal to accumulate Lillard from the Portland Path Blazers. Portland despatched him to the Celtics a couple of days later. 

Vacation performed for the Bucks from 2020-23 and was a part of their 2021 championship workforce. He had confronted his former workforce as soon as already this season, when the Celtics beat the Bucks 119-116 in Boston on Nov. 22. 

Vacation acquired a standing ovation when a tribute video aired on the Fiserv Discussion board scoreboard through the sport’s first timeout. 

UP NEXT 

Celtics: Host the Houston Rockets on Saturday.
Bucks: Host the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.

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