Wednesday, November 30

A beastly Antetokounmpo leads the Bucks comeback against the Celtics

GIannis Antetokounmpo was included in the NBA’s health protocols for covid-19 on December 14. Since that day, he had missed five Bucks games and hadn’t been able to exercise until this Friday, the eve of the game. But the MVP of the past NBA Finals was not rusty. In fact, he led Milwaukee’s agonizing triumph against the Celtics (117-113) signing a stratospheric second half to finish with 36 points (13/21 t2, 0/2 t3 and 10/15 tl), 12 rebounds and five assists.

It was a comeback with all the letters, because the Celtics, who arrived very tight in numbers due to health protocols (only eight players played) dominated the scoreboard until the last minutes of the game. And during the first half they got to have the game very on track, winning by 19 points (27-46) in a second quarter in which Antetokounmpo did not play.


But in the second half the current champions sharpened their teeth, brought out their champion gene and were cutting differences on the back of Antetokounmpo, Middleton (17 + 3 + 7), Holiday (17 + 5 + 3 + 3 steals) and Portis (16 + 10 + 4). In the last moments it seemed that they were going to stay with honey on their lips (111-113), but a triple by Mathews with 30 seconds left put them ahead on the scoreboard and Middleton closed the victory with three free throws.

In the Celtics, who fell apart at the height of the game, Tatum (25 + 9 + 4), Brown (25 + 4 + 3), Smart (19 + 2 + 7) and Pritchard (16 + 5 + 5) stood out. ). The Spanish Juancho Hernangmez spent 16 minutes on the court in which he contributed three points (0/1 t2 and 1/4 t3), five rebounds and one assist.

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