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Celtics survive wild finish, hold off Bucks 113-107 in OT

BOSTON (AP) Boston coach Brad Stevens loves the postseason because it offers a chance to ''bust narratives.''

The Celtics took their first step toward shattering the belief they can't win without their biggest stars.

Al Horford had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Boston overcame Khris Middleton's long 3 that beat the fourth-quarter buzzer, topping the Milwaukee Bucks 113-107 in overtime Sunday to open the playoffs.

The Celtics led 99-96 with 0.5 seconds left in regulation when Middleton took an inbounds pass on the far right wing and hit a contested 35-footer. Boston outscored Milwaukee 14-8 in the extra period.

Terry Rozier added 23 points, four rebounds and three assists for Boston in his first career playoff start. Jaylen Brown finished with 20 points. Rookie Jayson Tatum added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

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

''I just know I gotta step up,'' he said. ''I know I gotta fill big shoes. I don't feel no pressure. I'm glad to be in this position.''

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

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 35 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists before fouling out in overtime. Middleton had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Malcolm Brogdon scored all 16 of his points after halftime.

After a muted start, things opened for Antetokounmpo. But he said he must do a better job the defensive end against Horford going forward.

''He knows what he's doing down there,'' Antetokounmpo said. ''Hopefully in Game 2 I won't play on my heels and I'll play more on my toes and be able to defend without fouling.''

Part of the reason the Bucks were in bad spots is because they were hampered by turnovers. They committed 20, leading to 27 Boston points.

''That's not getting shot up,'' Middleton said. ''We feel like if we get a shot up, we'll be good.''

An acrobatic, spinning layup by Tatum gave Boston a 108-105 lead in overtime.

It was 108-106 when Horford snared a rebound and got it ahead to Rozier, who was fouled. 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 of the game while going for the rebound on his miss.

Rozier added three free throws to provide the final margin.

The game went to extra time following a wild finish in regulation that included back-to-back 3-pointers in the closing seconds.

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.

The Bucks closed to 89-87 before Marcus Morris made a falling down jumper just inside the arc to make it 91-87.

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. But Horford was steady again after being fouled, connecting on two more from the line with 15.2 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.

Rozier dribbled the clock down before crossing over Eric Bledsoe, stepping back and swishing an apparent game-winner with a half-second showing the clock.

But after a Milwaukee timeout advanced the ball to half court, Middleton matched it with his own 3 over Brown as time expired.

''Both teams are going to keep fighting,'' Bucks coach Joe Prunty said. ''That's what this series is going to be. Each little play is going to matter.''

TIP-INS

Bucks: Antetokounmpo has now scored at least 20 points in eight consecutive games against the Celtics. ... Outscored the Celtics 58-44 in the paint.

Celtics: Improved to 23-20 in postseason overtime games. Except for Horford, who entered the Sunday's game with 91 career playoff starts, Boston's other four starters (Tatum, Aron Baynes, Brown, Rozier) had combined to play only one playoff game between them. That lone start belonged to Baynes.

QUOTABLE

''That was part of our plan, to kind of lull them into a false sense of security.'' - Stevens, joking on Boston's play during Bucks' 26-4 run in the second quarter to take a 10-point lead

BIG PLAY

Tatum brought the crowd to its feet early in the first quarter when he took an outlet pass from Horford and went in for fast-break dunk over the outstretched arm of Antetokounmpo .

MAKING PROGRESS

Marcus Smart, who hasn't played since March 11 and continues to work his way back from his March 16 surgery to repair a torn ligament, was also on the court getting up some shots before the game. He was recently cleared for non-contact shooting but hasn't resumed full basketball activities.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:44 +2 Al Horford made hook shot, assist by Terry Rozier 0-2
11:26 +2 John Henson made dunk, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 2-2
11:12   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:10   Defensive rebound by John Henson  
11:02   Eric Bledsoe missed jump shot  
10:59   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
10:52   Personal foul on Eric Bledsoe  
10:40 +2 Jaylen Brown made driving layup 2-4
10:23   Lost ball turnover on Giannis Antetokounmpo, stolen by Al Horford  
10:05   Jaylen Brown missed reverse layup  
10:04   Team rebound  
9:59 +2 Jayson Tatum made jump shot, assist by Aron Baynes 2-6
9:39   Eric Bledsoe missed reverse layup  
9:38   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
9:30   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:27   Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
9:21 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made driving dunk, assist by Khris Middleton 4-6
9:08   Aron Baynes missed jump shot  
9:05   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
9:01   Shooting foul on Aron Baynes  
9:01 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 1st of 2 free throws 5-6
9:01 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 2nd of 2 free throws 6-6
8:47   Traveling violation turnover on Jaylen Brown  
8:30   Lost ball turnover on John Henson, stolen by Al Horford  
8:26 +2 Jayson Tatum made dunk, assist by Al Horford 6-8
8:07 +2 Khris Middleton made driving layup 8-8
7:53   Aron Baynes missed jump shot  
7:50   Defensive rebound by Tony Snell  
7:43   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed jump shot  
7:41   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
7:33 +2 Terry Rozier made driving layup 8-10
7:13 +2 Khris Middleton made turnaround jump shot 10-10
6:57   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:54   Defensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe  
6:40 +2 John Henson made hook shot, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 12-10
6:24   Aron Baynes missed dunk, blocked by John Henson  
6:22   Defensive rebound by John Henson  
6:18   Lost ball turnover on Eric Bledsoe, stolen by Terry Rozier  
5:58   Out of bounds turnover on Jayson Tatum  
5:37 +2 John Henson made dunk, assist by Khris Middleton 14-10
5:10 +2 Jayson Tatum made floating jump shot 14-12
4:48   Bad pass turnover on Eric Bledsoe, stolen by Jayson Tatum  
4:43   Jaylen Brown missed layup  
4:42   Offensive rebound by Al Horford  
4:42 +2 Al Horford made dunk 14-14
4:18 +3 Khris Middleton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Bledsoe 17-14
3:56 +2 Jayson Tatum made driving layup 17-16
3:47   Personal foul on Aron Baynes  
3:42   Malcolm Brogdon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:40   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
3:24   Marcus Morris missed jump shot  
3:20   Defensive rebound by John Henson  
3:07   Offensive foul on John Henson  
3:07   Offensive foul on John Henson  
2:54 +2 Al Horford made jump shot, assist by Shane Larkin 17-18
2:30   Malcolm Brogdon missed jump shot  
2:28   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
2:16   Marcus Morris missed turnaround jump shot  
2:11   Offensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
2:06 +2 Jaylen Brown made driving layup 17-20
2:00   Personal foul on Shane Larkin  
1:50   Khris Middleton missed jump shot  
1:48   Team rebound  
1:38   Bad pass turnover on Khris Middleton, stolen by Jaylen Brown  
1:19   Jaylen Brown missed jump shot  
1:18   Offensive rebound by Greg Monroe  
1:18   Shooting foul on Tyler Zeller  
1:18 +1 Greg Monroe made 1st of 2 free throws 17-21
1:18   Greg Monroe missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:18   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
1:06   Bad pass turnover on Jabari Parker, stolen by Shane Larkin  
1:02 +2 Jaylen Brown made layup, assist by Shane Larkin 17-23
0:46   Jabari Parker missed jump shot  
0:43   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
0:25 +2 Shane Larkin made finger-roll layup 17-25
0:17   Traveling violation turnover on Giannis Antetokounmpo  
0:04 +3 Marcus Morris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jaylen Brown 17-28
0:04   Shooting foul on Giannis Antetokounmpo  
0:04 +1 Marcus Morris made free throw 17-29
0:01   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed floating jump shot  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:52   Shooting foul on Marcus Morris  
11:52 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 1st of 2 free throws 18-29
11:52   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:52   Defensive rebound by Greg Monroe  
11:38   Marcus Morris missed jump shot  
11:33   Defensive rebound by Tony Snell  
11:24   Offensive foul on Tony Snell  
11:24   Offensive foul on Tony Snell  
11:11   Bad pass turnover on Shane Larkin, stolen by Malcolm Brogdon  
11:07 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made layup, assist by Malcolm Brogdon 20-29
10:52   Out of bounds turnover on Shane Larkin  
10:43 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made driving layup 22-29
10:23 +2 Marcus Morris made jump shot, assist by Semi Ojeleye 22-31
10:09   Malcolm Brogdon missed jump shot  
10:06   Defensive rebound by Greg Monroe  
9:53   Bad pass turnover on Shane Larkin, stolen by Jason Terry  
9:50 +3 Jason Terry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Malcolm Brogdon 25-31
9:39   Bad pass turnover on Marcus Morris, stolen by Tyler Zeller  
9:38 +2 Tyler Zeller made dunk 27-31
9:17   Jayson Tatum missed jump shot  
9:14   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
9:02 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made jump shot 29-31
8:43   Marcus Morris missed jump shot, blocked by John Henson  
8:40   Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
8:40 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made floating jump shot, assist by Khris Middleton 31-31
8:40   Shooting foul on Semi Ojeleye  
8:40 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made free throw 32-31
8:29   Shooting foul on John Henson  
8:29 +1 Al Horford made 1st of 2 free throws 32-32
8:29 +1 Al Horford made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-33
8:11 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made dunk, assist by Eric Bledsoe 34-33
7:59   Terry Rozier missed jump shot  
7:54   Defensive rebound by Malcolm Brogdon  
7:47   Eric Bledsoe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:42   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
7:24   Jayson Tatum missed jump shot  
7:21   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
7:12 +2 Khris Middleton made jump shot 36-33
6:53   Marcus Morris missed jump shot  
6:50   Defensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe  
6:48   Bad pass turnover on Eric Bledsoe, stolen by Jayson Tatum  
6:47   Personal foul on Eric Bledsoe  
6:29   Jaylen Brown missed jump shot  
6:24   Defensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe  
6:23 +2 Eric Bledsoe made finger-roll layup 38-33
6:10   Marcus Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:05   Defensive rebound by Malcolm Brogdon  
6:02 +3 Khris Middleton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Malcolm Brogdon 41-33
5:47   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:44   Defensive rebound by Jabari Parker  
5:37   Malcolm Brogdon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:32   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
5:29   Personal foul on Malcolm Brogdon  
5:12   Jaylen Brown missed driving layup, blocked by John Henson  
5:12   Team rebound  
5:07   Shane Larkin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:03   Defensive rebound by Jabari Parker  
4:57   Jabari Parker missed driving layup, blocked by Al Horford  
4:53   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
4:48   Personal foul on Khris Middleton  
4:35   Terry Rozier missed fade-away jump shot  
4:33   Defensive rebound by Jabari Parker  
4:21 +2 Jabari Parker made dunk, assist by John Henson 43-33
4:00 +3 Jaylen Brown made 3-pt. jump shot 43-36
3:44   Eric Bledsoe missed jump shot  
3:42   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
3:33   Jayson Tatum missed finger-roll layup, blocked by John Henson  
3:33   Team rebound  
3:33   Out of bounds turnover on Shane Larkin  
3:22   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed jump shot  
3:19   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
3:11   Marcus Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:09   Defensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe  
3:03   Personal foul on Marcus Morris  
2:56   Jabari Parker missed driving layup, blocked by Al Horford  
2:53   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
2:53   Personal foul on Jabari Parker  
2:53 +1 Marcus Morris made 1st of 2 free throws 43-37
2:53 +1 Marcus Morris made 2nd of 2 free throws 43-38
2:38   Eric Bledsoe missed floating jump shot  
2:35   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
2:17   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:16   Team rebound  
2:06   Khris Middleton missed jump shot  
2:04   Offensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
1:58 +2 Khris Middleton made driving layup 45-38
1:37 +2 Terry Rozier made driving layup, assist by Jaylen Brown 45-40
1:12   Shooting foul on Jaylen Brown  
1:12 +1 Khris Middleton made 1st of 2 free throws 46-40
1:12 +1 Khris Middleton made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-40
0:56   Jayson Tatum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:54   Defensive rebound by John Henson  
0:37   John Henson missed jump shot  
0:34   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
0:31   Shooting foul on Khris Middleton  
0:31 +1 Jayson Tatum made 1st of 2 free throws 47-41
0:31 +1 Jayson Tatum made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-42
0:12   Khris Middleton missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Al Horford  
0:10   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
0:06 +2 Terry Rozier made reverse layup, assist by Jayson Tatum 47-44
0:01   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:01   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:48   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed fade-away jump shot  
11:44   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
11:25 +3 Terry Rozier made 3-pt. jump shot 47-47
11:08 +2 Tony Snell made jump shot, assist by Eric Bledsoe 49-47
10:49   Jayson Tatum missed finger-roll layup  
10:46   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
10:33   Eric Bledsoe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:30   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
10:27   Personal foul on Eric Bledsoe  
10:14 +2 Al Horford made jump shot 49-49
9:57   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed driving layup  
9:56   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
9:49   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:48   Defensive rebound by Tony Snell  
9:42   Eric Bledsoe missed driving layup  
9:41   Offensive rebound by John Henson  
9:41   John Henson missed dunk  
9:35   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
9:33   Terry Rozier missed driving layup, blocked by John Henson  
9:33   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
9:18   Out of bounds turnover on John Henson  
8:57 +2 Jaylen Brown made dunk, assist by Al Horford 49-51
8:43   Offensive foul on Khris Middleton  
8:43   Offensive foul on Khris Middleton  
8:30   Jayson Tatum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:27   Offensive rebound by Al Horford  
8:24   Kicked ball violation on Jaylen Brown  
8:11 +2 Eric Bledsoe made driving layup 51-51
7:48   Personal foul on Giannis Antetokounmpo  
7:37   Aron Baynes missed layup, blocked by Tony Snell  
7:37   Team rebound  
7:34   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:31   Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
7:25   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
7:25   John Henson missed hook shot  
7:18   Al Horford missed driving layup  
7:15   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
7:13   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed driving layup, blocked by Jaylen Brown  
7:13   Team rebound  
7:04   Khris Middleton missed floating jump shot  
7:02   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
7:01   Personal foul on Tony Snell  
6:53   Jayson Tatum missed layup  
6:51   Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
6:42 +3 Khris Middleton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 54-51
6:31   Offensive foul on Marcus Morris  
6:31   Offensive foul on Marcus Morris  
6:19 +2 Malcolm Brogdon made running Jump Shot, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 56-51
6:01 +3 Marcus Morris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 56-54
5:47   Out of bounds turnover on Khris Middleton  
5:34 +2 Jaylen Brown made driving layup, assist by Al Horford 56-56
5:14   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed jump shot  
5:11   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
4:48 +2 Marcus Morris made finger-roll layup 56-58
4:40   Khris Middleton missed driving layup  
4:38   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
4:31 +3 Jaylen Brown made 3-pt. jump shot 56-61
4:25 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made driving layup 58-61
4:25   Shooting foul on Marcus Morris  
4:25 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made free throw 59-61
4:03   Terry Rozier missed jump shot  
4:01   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
3:52   Out of bounds turnover on Jason Terry  
3:27   Marcus Morris missed turnaround jump shot  
3:24   Offensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
3:23   Jaylen Brown missed jump shot  
3:23   Team rebound  
3:08   Double dribble turnover on Giannis Antetokounmpo  
2:47   Shooting foul on Giannis Antetokounmpo  
2:47 +1 Al Horford made 1st of 2 free throws 59-62
2:47 +1 Al Horford made 2nd of 2 free throws 59-63
2:29 +3 Malcolm Brogdon made 3-pt. jump shot 62-63
2:09   Bad pass turnover on Jayson Tatum, stolen by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
2:04   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed layup  
2:04   Team rebound  
1:47 +2 Marcus Morris made driving layup 62-65
1:26   Lost ball turnover on Malcolm Brogdon, stolen by Jayson Tatum  
1:07   Shooting foul on Malcolm Brogdon  
1:07 +1