BOSTON (AP) — Bobby Portis scored after Giannis Antetokounmpo missed his free throw with 15 seconds left and Jrue Holiday stopped Marcus Smart on the last two possessions as the Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks won 110-107 on Wednesday night. Boston and took a 3-2 lead in the second-round series.
Antetokounmpo had 40 points and 11 rebounds, Holiday had 24 points, eight boards and eight assists and Portis added 14 points and 15 rebounds for the defending champions.
Milwaukee has a chance to wrap up the Eastern Conference semifinals on Friday at home.
The Celtics led by 14 points in the fourth quarter until the Bucks closed the gap and tied it at 105 on Holiday’s 3-pointer with 43 seconds left. Jayson Tatum finished with 34 points, including a pair of free throws as Boston regained the lead.
Antetokounmpo went for a pair of free throws to tie it, made the first and Portis grabbed the rebound on the second and scored as Milwaukee went ahead for the first time since the second period.
Smart drove to the basket, but Holiday blocked it and kept the ball before throwing it to Smart. Pat Connaughton made a pair of free throws with six seconds left, Holiday stealing the ball from Smart as he attempted to shoot a tying 3-pointer.
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