Twitter reacts to Khris Middleton forcing OT with insane 3

Twitter reacts to Khris Middleton forcing OT with insane 3

Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) reacts after a basket against the Milwaukee Bucks in the second half in game one of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden.

But there was no happy ending Sunday afternoon. The Bucks were down 99-96 with 0.5 seconds to play when Khris Middleton took an inbounds pass and drained a contested 35 foot three pointer to tie the game. Bucks interim head coach Joe Prunty's frustration with the call was obvious when he described his reaction to the play. "That's what this series is going to be".

What mattered most was the Celtics always made sure that it was within reach, and they could play the way the wanted too.

The game went to extra time following a wild finish in regulation that included back-to-back 3-pointers in the closing seconds. But the Bucks shot nearly seven percent better than the C's from the field at 48.2 percent compared to 41.5 percent.

Morris then knocked down a wicked filthy step-back jumper to put the C's up, 91-87, with 1:45 left.

It was 92-91 with less than a minute to play when a pair of free throws by Horford made it 94-91.

Antetokounmpo got free for a dunk.

Case in point: A short while after draining a 3-pointer to beat the 24-second clock when all other options had been exhausted, Horford again found himself holding the bag out on the perimeter.

"The moral of the story is we didn't pull this one out".

Horford stuffed the stats sheet in a way that we are accustomed to seeing from him, with 12 rebounds four assists, two steals, three blocks, and 24 points on just eight shots.

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Rozier said he knows he's under a spotlight this postseason with Kyrie Irving out for the season following his recent knee surgery.

"And like I said, we're on track for the next three weeks, possibly Game 7 of the first round, definitely second round". "I know I gotta fill big shoes. I'm glad to be in this position".

Game 2 of the series is Tuesday in Boston.

Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 35 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists and gave the Celtics headaches until fouling out in overtime. Middleton had 31 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Brogdon scored all 16 of his points after halftime.

After a muted start, things opened for Antetokounmpo. "It's all about winning", Antetokounmpo said. "I think we have to go in and we have to play our game".

Part of the reason the Bucks were in bad spots is because they were hampered by turnovers. Boston is still dealing with their own massive list of injuries but when it came down to crunch time, they rallied and dug deep to get the win.

"Oh, man, Al definitely got to hit the ice tub tonight", said Brown of his oldest teammate.

Trying to slow him must be a team effort, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. He made two free throws to put the Celtics in front 110-106 with 18.8 remaining.

Antetokounmpo made one of two foul shots with 14.8 seconds left, but he fouled out while going for the rebound on his miss. His next step is to lead the Bucks to a victory in a playoff series.

The "kids" on the squad came through on the big stage as Rozier scored eight of his 23 points in overtime, Jaylen Brown scored 20 points while playing nearly 46 minutes, and rookie Jayson Tatum scored 19 points to go with 10 rebounds in 44 minutes. Fouled out - Bledsoe, Antetokounmpo.

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