Bucks vs. Celtics score: Giannis Antetokounmpo, defending champions dominate Boston for match-1 victory

The Milwaukee Bucks first strike in their semifinal in the Eastern Conference against the Boston Celtics with an impressive 101-89 away win in Game 1. Giannis Antetokounmpo finishes with a triple-double (24 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists) as the Bucks steal home. right away from Boston at TD Garden.

The Celtics led early, but the Bucks quickly took control and did not give up. Milwaukee held strong during a long stretch in the third as Giannis went on the bench with four errors. Boston’s offensive, meanwhile, struggled miserably in the opening. The team finished 28th for 84 shots (33 percent) in the loss, including only 10 2-point field goals. It suffered a fright when Marcus Smart left late in the second quarter with a shoulder stab, but returned to what was a very physical competition.

The defending champions entered the series against Boston as underdogs, and without All-Star striker Khris Middleton probably the entire series. Match 2 is set for Tuesday.

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