Bucks fall to Celtics 92-87, trail Boston 3-2 in series

The Bucks will need more from Antetokounmpo, as they trail 3-2 in the series, making Game 6 a must-win.

Middleton drilled a 3-pointer for a four-point game before the Bucks sent Horford to the line and he made one of two for an 87-82 gap with 24.4 ticks to play.

This series has featured physical and aggressive play throughout, with a little bit of chippiness mixed in.

The former No. 3 overall pick has seen his ups - he scored 19 points during Game 1 and 21 points during Game 4 - and his downs - he scored only four points during Game 2 - throughout this series. His intensity translated into the game's flow via a stolen pass, an and-one basket, two blocked shots, and more. It was low for a quarter in the series, excluding the Game 1 overtime period (eight points).

Though they shot just 32 percent from deep, the Celtics managed to can another 10 threes Tuesday night.

The supporting cast for the Bucks must also respond in game 6, after a rough offensive game in their game 5 loss. The Bucks shot 36.8 percent from the field.

Sure Smart has been keeping up with conditioning and all of that, but it's a completely different animal when you get into the speed and flow of the game.

The Bucks host Game Six on Thursday.

BC-BKN-Celtics-Smart, 133Celtics' Smart active for Game 5 against BucksEds: APNewsNow. Though these are impressive end-game stats, it's not enough for a star player like the Greek Freak.

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If the Heat have any chance of extending this series they really need to buckle down and play with the same grit they have played with the entire series.

Referees in #Celtics - #Bucks game missed a shot clock violation on Al Horford.

Horford finished with 14 rebounds and three assists after the Celtics built an early first quarter lead before holding on to claim a vital win at the TD Garden.

The second, and last, missed call on the report suggests that Horford traveled before the shot anyways. Boston's depth looks to be a key factor heading into game 6.

After several blocks in Games 3 and 4 in Milwaukee, he expressed his joy toward the crowd and celebrated, emotions that permeated throughout the rest of his team. Antetokounmpo remembers last years playoff run and says that he and the team just have to play hard. "And then I watched it and I sent it back to him and told him how motivational it was and said I liked it".

Milwaukee lost to the Raptors in game six in the first round previous year.

Last month, George said it was a "special moment" to play against Tatum as the Thunder faced the Celtics in Boston.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Smart felt fine after engaging in some contact work following Tuesday morning's shootaround.

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