Bucks unleash Maker, Delly in National Basketball Association playoff win over Baynes' Celtics

Bucks unleash Maker, Delly in National Basketball Association playoff win over Baynes' Celtics

Milwaukee opened the fourth with an 85-67 lead, and received a bonus from Maker, who hit a pair of flat-footed 3-pointers, the latter for a 93-73 lead with 9:22 left.

Thon Maker was spectacular with ferocious blocks and hitting three-pointers and Matthew Dellavedova was at his defensive best as the Milwaukee Bucks demolished the Boston Celtics 116-92 in game three of their National Basketball Association playoff series.

After losing the first two games in Boston, head coach Joe Prunty called on Maker to provide some much-needed energy and rim protection in Game 3 on Saturday (AEDT). For the series, the Bucks are shooting 54.8 percent from the floor, including 43.7 percent from beyond the arc. Back then, Ray Allen was draining 3s, forming a formidable threesome with Glenn Robinson and Sam Cassell.

Thon Maker got extended playing time because of a back-related absence by Bucks center Jon Henson, and further exacerbated the Celtics' offensive woes by shutting down the paint with five blocks. Pesky guard Matthew Dellavedova, a veteran of a championship run with the Cleveland Cavaliers, helped hold young Celtics point guard Terry Rozier to nine points on 2-of-7 shooting.

Eric Bledsoe and Jabari Parker scored 17 apiece and Thon Maker had 14 for Milwaukee, which now trails the best-of-seven series 2-1.

Both players will be back in action for Game 4 of their respective series, although they will hope their comments and actions don't lead to more punishments going forward. "They got into the ball and that was tough for us".

"Those were interesting plays", Horford said.

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Frankly, it was surprising Boston didn't get called for more.

In order to get that win, Milwaukee had to rely on some very surprising, and welcome, contributions from the fringes of their roster. I think it is safe to say that he has earned his playing time for the remainder of the series.

On the other hand, Markieff knew exactly what he was doing, earning a technical foul just minutes into the Washington Wizards' matchup with the Raptors.

Morris, however, did not try to pin Friday night's loss on the referees, saying the Bucks won "fair and square".

"There's nothing about me and Bledsoe".

Rozier said that the Celtics took some early "punches to the mouth" and never responded. We'll learn from it as a group, and we'll be better.

Dellavedova had five points and four assists in 16 minutes. Middleton added eight rebounds and seven assists. The Bucks carried this fight, and now the C's feel a bit like their foe did before Game 4. From there they crawled into garbage time, and finished at an even.400 (32-for-80) for the night. Khris Middleton led the way with 23 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 19 in the winning effort. Totals 45-79 10-15 116. Until Boston shows they can slow Milwaukee's offense, you have to ride with the hosts here.

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