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Brown scores 30, Celtics roll to 120-106 win over Bucks

BOSTON (AP) The Celtics knew they'd need their younger players to step up this postseason with Kyrie Irving sidelined for the postseason.

They have, and it's added up to 2-0 lead in Boston's first-round matchup with Milwaukee.

Jaylen Brown had a playoff career-high 30 points and the Celtics pulled away into second half to earn a 120-106 win over the Bucks on Tuesday night.

Terry Rozier added 23 points. Game 3 is Friday in Milwaukee.The Celtics led by as many as 20 in the fourth quarter as their ball movement overwhelmed the Bucks.

Brown, who is in his second year, said right now the Celtics are feeling ''confident as ever.''

''People have been writing us off all year. And we just keep proving people wrong. So that's what we're gonna do,'' he said.

Milwaukee got as close as 107-97 with 4:13 to play. But the Celtics responded with an 11-2 run, capped by a banked in 3-pointer by Brown to push their lead back up to 118-99.

Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Khris Middleton added 25 points.

''I think as a team we didn't show up tonight,'' Antetokounmpo said.

Turnovers were an issue for the second straight game for Milwaukee. The Bucks finished with 15, leading to 21 Boston points. They also shot just 41 percent from the free-throw line (7 of 17).

''They were just the more desperate team tonight again,'' Middleton said. ''We started off poorly again. ... We've just got to more into it, got to be the more desperate, hungry team.''

Boston had just three turnovers through three quarters and only seven on the night. Rozier finished no turnovers for the second straight game

''I've just got that confidence,'' Rozier said. ''My teammates, my coach, they trust in me to get everybody in their spots to run the plays. ... I'm gonna do what I can to protect the ball and get my guys open.''

The Celtics' bench also came up big, outscoring their Milwaukee counterparts 41-25. Marcus Morris led Boston's reserves with 18 points. Shane Larkin chipped in 11 points, scoring in double-digits for the first time in a playoff game.

He also had a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter that gave Boston a 15-point cushion entering the final period.

Brown said he is expecting to see a much different Bucks team as the series shifts to Milwaukee.

''We not taking anybody lightly,'' he said. ''I know they're going to come out and make adjustments.''

TIP-INS

Bucks: Have been outscored 42-13 in second-chance points through two games. ... Shot 62 percent in the first half (23 of 37).

Celtics: At age 21, Brown is the youngest player in Celtics history to score 30 or more points in a playoff game. ... Boston went 13 of 31 from the 3-point line.

QUOTABLE

''I had a chip on my shoulder since I got drafted. I had a chip on my shoulder since forever. It's all carry over. This year I got the opportunity to start in the playoffs. That chip on my should is gonna remain, no matter how deep we go.'' - Rozier

FREAK'S STREAK

Tuesday marked the ninth straight game that Antetokounmpo has scored at least 20 points against the Celtics.

HEAVY HEART

Celtics guard Marcus Smart has a heavy heart as he continues to work his way back from right thumb surgery.

Smart revealed prior to Tuesday's game that his mother, Camellia Smart, was recently diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. He was able to visit her briefly in Texas last week. But he said she wants him to be with the team because seeing him play would ''put a smile on her face.''

''She told me she'd rather me be here than back there,'' Smart said. ''Doing what I love to do.''

HAYWARD UPDATE

Gordon Hayward has hit a new milestone in his left ankle rehab. He is currently at St. Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis, Indiana, working with a running mechanics specialist.

''We're just trying to get him ready for Friday's game. And we're hopeful he can play,'' Stevens joked before the game.

He then quickly made it clear it's simply the ''logical next step'' in what remains a long rehab process.

''He's not gonna join us in Milwaukee,'' Stevens said. ''He's still a long, long, long way away.''

SPECIAL GUEST

Boston Marathon winner Desiree Linden was honored during a timeout in the first quarter. On Monday Linden became the first American woman to win the race since 1985.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:39   Al Horford missed hook shot  
11:38   Offensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
11:38 +2 Jaylen Brown made dunk 0-2
11:25 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made floating jump shot 2-2
11:25   Shooting foul on Aron Baynes  
11:25 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made free throw 3-2
11:02   Jayson Tatum missed jump shot  
11:00   Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
10:52   Bad pass turnover on Giannis Antetokounmpo, stolen by Terry Rozier  
10:51 +2 Terry Rozier made layup 3-4
10:51   Defensive goaltending violation  
10:35 +2 John Henson made driving layup 5-4
10:10   Jayson Tatum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:07   Offensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
10:05 +3 Jaylen Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 5-7
9:46   Personal foul on Terry Rozier  
9:40 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made dunk, assist by John Henson 7-7
9:25   Lost ball turnover on Jayson Tatum, stolen by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
9:04 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made jump shot 9-7
8:47   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:45   Defensive rebound by John Henson  
8:40 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made floating jump shot 11-7
8:23 +2 Jaylen Brown made floating jump shot, assist by Jayson Tatum 11-9
8:03   John Henson missed floating jump shot  
8:01   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
7:54   Terry Rozier missed driving layup  
7:52   Offensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
7:52   Aron Baynes missed dunk  
7:52   Team rebound  
7:47 +2 Terry Rozier made floating jump shot 11-11
7:32   Tony Snell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:30   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
7:22   Jaylen Brown missed floating jump shot  
7:20   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
7:07   Eric Bledsoe missed jump shot  
7:07   Eric Bledsoe missed driving layup  
7:06   Offensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe  
7:06 +2 Eric Bledsoe made dunk 13-11
7:00   Personal foul on Eric Bledsoe  
6:48   Al Horford missed jump shot  
6:41   Offensive rebound by Guerschon Yabusele  
6:39 +3 Terry Rozier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Guerschon Yabusele 13-14
6:16   Eric Bledsoe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:14   Offensive rebound by Tyler Zeller  
6:12   Bad pass turnover on Tyler Zeller, stolen by Jayson Tatum  
6:00   Jayson Tatum missed driving layup  
5:58   Defensive rebound by Tyler Zeller  
5:54   Eric Bledsoe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:50   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
5:45 +2 Jaylen Brown made dunk 13-16
5:33 +2 Eric Bledsoe made driving layup 15-16
5:11 +2 Marcus Morris made fade-away jump shot 15-18
4:55   Jabari Parker missed jump shot  
4:53   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
4:45   Shooting foul on Khris Middleton  
4:44 +1 Al Horford made 1st of 2 free throws 15-19
4:44   Al Horford missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:41   Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
4:27   Bad pass turnover on Khris Middleton, stolen by Marcus Morris  
4:24 +2 Al Horford made dunk 15-21
4:06 +2 Malcolm Brogdon made jump shot, assist by Eric Bledsoe 17-21
3:51 +2 Al Horford made hook shot 17-23
3:35   Malcolm Brogdon missed jump shot  
3:32   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
3:18   Shooting foul on Tyler Zeller  
3:18   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
3:18 +1 Marcus Morris made free throw 17-24
3:16 +1 Greg Monroe made 1st of 2 free throws 17-25
3:16   Greg Monroe missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:13   Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
3:02 +2 Malcolm Brogdon made jump shot, assist by John Henson 19-25
2:49   Personal foul on Malcolm Brogdon  
2:36   Marcus Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:32   Offensive rebound by Al Horford  
2:32 +2 Greg Monroe made layup, assist by Al Horford 19-27
2:09   Out of bounds turnover on John Henson  
2:00   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:56   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
1:50   Personal foul on Guerschon Yabusele  
1:41   Out of bounds turnover on Malcolm Brogdon  
1:30 +3 Jaylen Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 19-30
1:13   Lost ball turnover on Malcolm Brogdon, stolen by Guerschon Yabusele  
0:58   Guerschon Yabusele missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:56   Defensive rebound by Malcolm Brogdon  
0:52   Shooting foul on Greg Monroe  
0:52 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 1st of 2 free throws 20-30
0:52   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
0:51   Defensive rebound by Greg Monroe  
0:42   Personal foul on Jabari Parker  
0:42 +1 Marcus Morris made 1st of 2 free throws 20-31
0:42   Marcus Morris missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
0:39   Defensive rebound by Jason Terry  
0:34 +2 Malcolm Brogdon made reverse layup, assist by Jason Terry 22-31
0:12 +2 Shane Larkin made finger-roll layup 22-33
0:12   Defensive goaltending violation  
0:02   Bad pass turnover on Malcolm Brogdon, stolen by Guerschon Yabusele  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:48   Shabazz Muhammad missed driving layup, blocked by Greg Monroe  
11:46   Defensive rebound by Guerschon Yabusele  
11:32   Marcus Morris missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Eric Bledsoe  
11:29   Defensive rebound by John Henson  
11:29   Shooting foul on Jayson Tatum  
11:29   Team rebound  
11:29   Shabazz Muhammad missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:29   Shabazz Muhammad missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:26   Defensive rebound by Greg Monroe  
11:22   Personal foul on Shabazz Muhammad  
11:10   Marcus Morris missed turnaround jump shot  
11:08   Defensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe  
10:53   Out of bounds turnover on Eric Bledsoe  
10:42 +2 Greg Monroe made dunk, assist by Shane Larkin 22-35
10:25 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made finger-roll layup, assist by Eric Bledsoe 24-35
10:13   Guerschon Yabusele missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:11   Defensive rebound by Tony Snell  
10:06 +2 Shabazz Muhammad made dunk, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 26-35
9:52   Jayson Tatum missed finger-roll layup  
9:48   Defensive rebound by Tony Snell  
9:45 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made floating jump shot 28-35
9:45   Shooting foul on Shane Larkin  
9:45   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed free throw  
9:45   Defensive rebound by Guerschon Yabusele  
9:23   Jayson Tatum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:21   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
9:17 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made finger-roll layup 30-35
9:03   Bad pass turnover on Marcus Morris, stolen by Shabazz Muhammad  
8:59 +2 Shabazz Muhammad made dunk 32-35
8:39   Aron Baynes missed hook shot, blocked by John Henson  
8:37   Defensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe  
8:27 +3 Shabazz Muhammad made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 35-35
8:11 +3 Terry Rozier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jayson Tatum 35-38
7:46   Shabazz Muhammad missed driving layup, blocked by Jayson Tatum  
7:43   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
7:40   Terry Rozier missed layup  
7:39   Offensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
7:39 +2 Aron Baynes made dunk 35-40
7:20   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed jump shot  
7:17   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
7:11   Jayson Tatum missed driving layup  
7:07   Defensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe  
7:01   Shabazz Muhammad missed jump shot  
7:00   Team rebound  
6:42   Jaylen Brown missed driving layup, blocked by Tony Snell  
6:40   Offensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
6:39 +2 Jaylen Brown made dunk 35-42
6:17 +2 Khris Middleton made jump shot 37-42
5:50   Shooting foul on Eric Bledsoe  
5:50 +1 Terry Rozier made 1st of 2 free throws 37-43
5:50 +1 Terry Rozier made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-44
5:38 +2 John Henson made alley-oop shot, assist by Khris Middleton 39-44
5:19   Shane Larkin missed finger-roll layup  
5:16   Defensive rebound by Malcolm Brogdon  
5:09 +2 Malcolm Brogdon made jump shot 41-44
4:44 +2 Al Horford made jump shot 41-46
4:21   Eric Bledsoe missed jump shot  
4:19   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
4:13   Terry Rozier missed finger-roll layup  
4:12   Offensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
4:12 +2 Aron Baynes made dunk 41-48
3:53 +2 Khris Middleton made jump shot 43-48
3:41 +2 Jaylen Brown made finger-roll layup 43-50
3:34   Shooting foul on Aron Baynes  
3:34 +1 Khris Middleton made 1st of 2 free throws 44-50
3:34   Khris Middleton missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:31   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
3:19 +2 Al Horford made jump shot, assist by Jaylen Brown 44-52
3:04   Malcolm Brogdon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:00   Offensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
2:46 +3 Khris Middleton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Matthew Dellavedova 47-52
2:19 +3 Marcus Morris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al Horford 47-55
1:56 +2 Khris Middleton made jump shot, assist by John Henson 49-55
1:35   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:31   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
1:25 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made finger-roll layup 51-55
1:08 +3 Marcus Morris made 3-pt. jump shot 51-58
0:55   Offensive foul on Matthew Dellavedova  
0:55   Offensive foul on Matthew Dellavedova  
0:40   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:37   Defensive rebound by Malcolm Brogdon  
0:29   Bad pass turnover on Malcolm Brogdon, stolen by Jayson Tatum  
0:27 +2 Terry Rozier made dunk 51-60
0:10   Personal foul on Jaylen Brown  
0:00   Khris Middleton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:47   Shooting foul on Jaylen Brown  
11:47   Team rebound  
11:47   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:47   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:47   Team rebound  
11:38   Personal foul on Tony Snell  
11:33   Personal foul on Khris Middleton  
11:23   Personal foul on Khris Middleton  
11:19   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:18   Defensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe  
11:13   Eric Bledsoe missed layup, blocked by Aron Baynes  
11:12   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
11:08 +2 Jayson Tatum made layup 51-62
10:39 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made jump shot 53-62
10:17   Jaylen Brown missed driving layup  
10:17   Team rebound  
10:17   Traveling violation turnover on Jaylen Brown  
10:04   Eric Bledsoe missed jump shot  
10:02   Offensive rebound by John Henson  
10:02 +2 John Henson made dunk 55-62
9:39 +2 Terry Rozier made finger-roll layup 55-64
9:17   Bad pass turnover on Giannis Antetokounmpo, stolen by Jayson Tatum  
9:01   Al Horford missed hook shot  
9:00   Team rebound  
8:53 +2 Terry Rozier made floating jump shot, assist by Al Horford 55-66
8:35 +2 Khris Middleton made finger-roll layup 57-66
8:15 +2 Jaylen Brown made jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 57-68
7:51   Khris Middleton missed driving layup  
7:48   Offensive rebound by John Henson  
7:48   Personal foul on Jayson Tatum  
7:40   Eric Bledsoe missed jump shot  
7:37   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
7:26   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:21   Defensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe  
7:15 +2 Tony Snell made floating jump shot, assist by Eric Bledsoe 59-68
6:58   Aron Baynes missed jump shot  
6:55   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
6:50 +3 Eric Bledsoe made 3-pt. jump shot 62-68
6:18 +2 Aron Baynes made hook shot, assist by Terry Rozier 62-70
6:11   Traveling violation turnover on Khris Middleton  
6:00 +3 Jaylen Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aron Baynes 62-73
5:41 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made jump shot 64-73
5:22 +2 Jaylen Brown made driving layup, assist by Jayson Tatum 64-75
5:02   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed fade-away jump shot  
5:00   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
4:49   Jayson Tatum missed floating jump shot  
4:47   Defensive rebound by Jabari Parker  
4:38   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
4:38   Tony Snell missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Terry Rozier  
4:32 +3 Jaylen Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 64-78
4:16   Jabari Parker missed hook shot  
4:14   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
4:01 +2 Shane Larkin made reverse layup 64-80
3:38   Shooting foul on Terry Rozier  
3:38 +1 Shabazz Muhammad made 1st of 2 free throws 65-80
3:38 +1 Shabazz Muhammad made 2nd of 2 free throws 66-80
3:28   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:25   Offensive rebound by Greg Monroe  
3:27   Greg Monroe missed dunk  
3:26   Team rebound  
3:21   Terry Rozier missed jump shot  
3:18   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
3:08 +2 John Henson made dunk, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 68-80
2:50 +2 Greg Monroe made layup, assist by Shane Larkin 68-82
2:50   Shooting foul on John Henson  
2:50 +1 Greg Monroe made free throw 68-83
2:34   Shabazz Muhammad missed turnaround jump shot  
2:31   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
2:17   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:14   Defensive rebound by Jabari Parker  
2:07   Bad pass turnover on Jabari Parker, stolen by Al Horford  
1:54   Shane Larkin missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
1:50   Team rebound  
1:40 +2 Malcolm Brogdon made jump shot 70-83
1:25   Personal foul on Malcolm Brogdon  
1:25   Marcus Morris missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:25   Team rebound  
1:25   Marcus Morris missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:22