Behind another stellar performance from Isaiah Thomas, the Boston Celtics were able to outlast the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime for an 112-108 win.
Boston extended their win streak to three games and one day after they put up 39 points in the first quarter against Orlando, they managed to one-up that by putting up 42 points in the opening quarter of this game. The Celtics shot an exceptional percentage from both the floor and three-point range in the opening 12 minutes as Jae Crowder led the way with 11 points. Boston held a comfortable 42-27 lead heading into the second quarter.
Both teams were slow in the second quarter but that made it easy for Boston to maintain their lead as they were able to head into the intermission with a 64-53 lead. Isaiah Thomas scored 13 of Boston’s 22 points in the second quarter as he led all scorers and more than doubled Milwaukee’s top scorer who was Michael Beasley with 11 points.
The Bucks started to edge closer in the third quarter where they outscored the Celtics 20-17, bringing the game closer as it ended up being 81-73 heading into the final frame. Boston’s lead disappeared in the fourth quarter as the Bucks evened the game up at 90 before both teams started trading baskets for the rest of regulation to head into overtime notched at 1o2 a piece.
The C’s ended up putting up the first 6 points of overtime but two clutch back-to-back three-pointers from Tony Snell tied the game back up again at 108 a piece. Jae Crowder sealed the win for Boston after knocking down both free throws after going hard to the rim and getting fouled. He later added two more free throws after the Bucks intentionally fouled him and Boston ended up coming out with an 112-108 win.
Isaiah Thomas was the game’s leading scorer with 37 points while also adding 8 assists. Jae Crowder (20 points, 6 rebounds, & 4 assists) and Kelly Olynyk (17 points & 7 rebounds off the bench) helped out as well turning in some decent performances. Boston did a great job guarding Giannis Antetekumbo as he was the Bucks leading scorer with only 21 points.
This game seemed as though it was going to be a second straight blowout victory for the C’s but it turned out different as the Bucks made it interesting. Boston will look to extend their winning streak to four games when the Detroit Pistons come to town on Monday night.