Celtics outlast Bucks to win National Basketball Association playoff opener in OT

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The Milwaukee Bucks will find out if they dodged a bullet this afternoon when they open up the first round of the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs against the Boston Celtics.

As the Boston Celtics prepare for their first round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks, let's look at the match up. That performance served as a springboard of sorts for this season, when the All-Star finished fifth in the league at 26.9 points per game. They need to take to the likes of Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum and remain quick yet composed. He said it was his first time shooting since the surgery.

"I got to control the game, basically just filling what a point guard is supposed to do - filling Kyrie's shoes as much as I can", he said. "So for me to be able to feel the ball again is a big deal for me". "Do what I can to give this team and boost and put us in position to win".

Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night in Boston.

Rajon Rondo finished with 17 assists, eight rebounds and 6 points as New Orleans won the backcourt battle on top of Davis dominating the interior. Milwaukee is 16 in scoring defense as they allow 106.8 points per game.

"He knows what he's doing down there", Antetokounmpo said.

In 54 games this season, Smart averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 29.9 minutes.

Part of the reason the Bucks were in bad spots is because they were hampered by turnovers.

JJ Redick (Roanoke) scored 28 points to lead the Sixers.

Smart, who hasn't played since March 11, was on the court getting up shots before the game.

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"We'll have to guard him with everybody on our team", he said.

Tatum then grabbed an offensive rebound and drove for a 108-105 lead with 1:22 left in the extra session.

Rozier added three free-throws to provide the final margin.

Game time is set for 8 p.m.

Milwaukee was held to just two field goals over the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter as the Celtics built an 86-76 advantage.

Rozier went back to the line and hit one of two with 13.0 seconds left.

Out of a timeout, Brogdon got free on the wing and drained a 3 with 10.3 to play to tie it at 96. Maker hasn't developed in his second season and Henson (1.4 blocks per game) and Zeller are solid veterans, but they're not offensively skilled, can't shoot from outside and they aren't worrying an opposing coaching staff.

Trailing 99-96 with.5 seconds left, Middleton caught the ball near half-court and launched a shot, knocking it down as time expired.

"Both teams are going to keep fighting", Bucks coach Joe Prunty said. Regardless of outcome, this series has the feeling of one that will go the limit or awfully close to it. "The only way you can take them out of it is you go out there and play extremely hard - and they're still going to be loud". Outscored the Celtics 58-44 in the paint.

The Bucks weren't going to roll over in overtime, so the Celtics had to kick it up a notch to get things done in what should be the final frame.

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