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Tied up: Giannis' tip-in lifts Bucks over Celtics in Game 4

MILWAUKEE (AP) After losing a 20-point lead to the Boston Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucks were determined not to lose another playoff game.

Leave it to All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo to come up with a big play in the final seconds on Sunday.

Antetokounmpo scored 27 points, including tipping in the go-ahead basket with 5 seconds left, and the Bucks held on for a 104-102 win to tie their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.

Boston's Marcus Morris missed a 14-footer at the buzzer with Khris Middleton's hand in his face to seal a nail-biting win for the Bucks.

Seconds earlier, the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo jumped and reached up with his left arm around Boston's Jayson Tatum to put back Malcolm Brogdon's missed layup for the game-winner.

''It's a heck of play,'' coach Joe Prunty said.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in Boston.

Antetokounmpo added seven rebounds and five assists, while Middleton scored 23 points. The Bucks' two best players were clutch in the closing seconds of a tense victory, another sign of maturity for the one of the league's up-and-coming teams.

''One of the most important things that we can carry from this game moving forward is that we stayed disciplined and we trusted one another,'' Antetokounmpo said.

It could just as easily have fallen apart for Milwaukee after losing a 20-point lead with 7:37 left in the third quarter.

Jaylen Brown had 34 points for the Celtics, while Tatum added 21. Tatum's 18-footer with 52 seconds left gave the Celtics a brief 100-99 lead.

He just couldn't hold off Antetokounmpo on the other end for the decisive tip-in.

The disappointing end for the Celtics overshadowed their spirited rally from a 65-45 deficit. Play got chippy and the Celtics limited the Bucks' transition game.

They came up one basket short at the end.

Antetokounmpo ''made a great tip-in and he was battling for the ball. That's what great players do,'' coach Brad Stevens said.

Both teams traded clutch buckets down the stretch.

After Tatum's long jumper, Brogdon hit a transition 3 from the corner for a 102-100 lead with 33 seconds left. Al Horford followed with two foul shots to tie the game at 102 with 29 seconds remaining.

They couldn't send the game into overtime. Morris bent over in frustration near the Boston bench after his fadeaway hit the rim.

''We got the look we wanted ... It's a shot that (Morris) can make 10 out of 10 times,'' Brown said. ''It didn't go in tonight. So Game 5, keep moving forward.''

TIP INS

Celtics: Stevens kept his starting five intact after the team never recovered from a disastrous first quarter in Game 3. Stevens said he would likely only make a switch for matchup purposes. ... Boston ended with a 43-36 edge on the boards. ... Morris finished with 13 points and shot 4 of 14.

Bucks: Starting C John Henson missed a second straight game with a sore back. ... The Bucks went with the same starting five as Game 3, with Zeller replacing Henson and Brogdon starting for Tony Snell. ... Jabari Parker led a vigorous effort off the bench with 16 points and seven rebounds. Backup C Thon Maker blocked five shots and played most of the fourth quarter.

OFF THE BENCH

The Bucks' reinvigorated bench outscored the Celtics' reserves 31-15. Parker, in particular, gave the team a lift in the first half with perhaps his best defensive play of the year after forcing turnovers on two straight Boston possessions at one point.

QUOTABLE

''We played great in the second half. We played great in the first six minutes of the game. The 18 minutes that ended the first half were not good. They had a lot to do with that.'' - Stevens.

BLOCK PARTY

The Bucks set a franchise playoff high with 14 blocks, eclipsing the previous high of 13 set in Game 3. The 7-foot-1 Maker has turned into disruptive presence after playing sparingly in the first two games. He's getting extended minutes because Henson's injury.

''Thon is playing extremely assertive. The blocked shots are going to stand out because that's something somebody can see on the stat sheet,'' Prunty said.

STAT LINES

Brown picked up the second 30-point game of the postseason after scoring just one 30-point game in the regular season. He was 13 of 24 from the field but 2 of 10 from the 3-point arc. ... The Bucks shot at least 52 percent from the field for the third straight game.

UP NEXT

Game 5 is Tuesday at the TD Garden in Boston.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Team rebound 0:00
  Marcus Morris missed fade-away jump shot 0:00
  Offensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo 0:05
+ 2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made dunk 0:05
  Malcolm Brogdon missed hook shot 0:05
+ 1 Al Horford made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:29
+ 1 Al Horford made 1st of 2 free throws 0:29
  Shooting foul on Thon Maker 0:29
+ 3 Malcolm Brogdon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Bledsoe 0:33
  Defensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe 0:36
  Jaylen Brown missed driving layup, blocked by Khris Middleton 0:40
Team Stats
Points 102 104
Field Goals 36-87 (41.4%) 38-73 (52.1%)
3-Pointers 10-29 (34.5%) 10-23 (43.5%)
Free Throws 20-25 (80.0%) 18-24 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 52 45
Offensive 16 2
Defensive 27 34
Team 9 9
Assists 22 24
Steals 6 7
Blocks 3 14
Turnovers 8 9
Fouls 21 24
Technicals 1 1
34 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
27 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Celtics 2-2 17183235102
home team logo Bucks 2-2 24272429104
Team Stats
away team logo Celtics 2-2 110.3 PPG 46.1 RPG 25.6 APG
home team logo Bucks 2-2 119.4 PPG 50.2 RPG 26.7 APG
Key Players
J. Brown SG 12.1 PPG 4.1 RPG 1.4 APG 42.7 FG%
G. Antetokounmpo PF 26.8 PPG 13.0 RPG 6.0 APG 57.7 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Brown SG 34 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
G. Antetokounmpo PF 27 PTS 7 REB 5 AST
41.4 FG% 52.1
34.5 3PT FG% 43.5
80.0 FT% 75.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Brown 41 34 8 1 3 0 1 2 13/24 5/8 3/4 2 6 46 +10
J. Tatum 35 21 3 3 2 0 1 4 7/16 2/5 5/6 2 1 31 0
A. Horford 36 13 9 4 0 2 2 2 4/8 0/1 5/5 4 5 30 +3
T. Rozier 35 10 5 8 1 1 1 2 3/12 2/10 2/2 0 5 32 +4
A. Baynes 19 9 11 2 0 0 1 2 4/6 0/1 1/2 5 6 23 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Brown 41 34 8 1 3 0 1 2 13/24 5/8 3/4 2 6 46 +10
J. Tatum 35 21 3 3 2 0 1 4 7/16 2/5 5/6 2 1 31 0
A. Horford 36 13 9 4 0 2 2 2 4/8 0/1 5/5 4 5 30 +3
T. Rozier 35 10 5 8 1 1 1 2 3/12 2/10 2/2 0 5 32 +4
A. Baynes 19 9 11 2 0 0 1 2 4/6 0/1 1/2 5 6 23 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Morris 26 13 4 0 0 0 1 5 4/14 1/1 4/6 2 2 16 -10
S. Ojeleye 17 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 1 3 +4
G. Monroe 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 1 1 -8
S. Larkin 16 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 8 -14
G. Yabusele 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -2
X. Silas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Hayward - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Irving - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Nader - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bird - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Smart - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Gibson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Theis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 102 43 22 6 3 8 21 36/87 10/29 20/25 16 27 190 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 40 27 7 5 0 0 2 4 12/20 0/2 3/6 2 5 42 -8
K. Middleton 36 23 6 2 2 2 2 3 8/14 3/5 4/4 0 6 35 0
M. Brogdon 30 10 4 2 0 0 1 2 4/7 1/3 1/1 0 4 17 -3
E. Bledsoe 30 9 1 5 1 2 1 3 3/9 1/2 2/3 0 1 22 -10
T. Zeller 10 4 4 1 1 2 0 4 1/2 0/0 2/2 0 4 13 -6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 40 27 7 5 0 0 2 4 12/20 0/2 3/6 2 5 42 -8
K. Middleton 36 23 6 2 2 2 2 3 8/14 3/5 4/4 0 6 35 0
M. Brogdon 30 10 4 2 0 0 1 2 4/7 1/3 1/1 0 4 17 -3
E. Bledsoe 30 9 1 5 1 2 1 3 3/9 1/2 2/3 0 1 22 -10
T. Zeller 10 4 4 1 1 2 0 4 1/2 0/0 2/2 0 4 13 -6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Parker 24 16 7 1 2 3 0 2 5/10 2/3 4/6 0 7 30 +10
T. Maker 30 8 2 1 0 5 1 3 3/6 2/5 0/0 0 2 16 +4
M. Dellavedova 17 4 3 4 1 0 1 0 1/3 0/1 2/2 0 3 15 +12
T. Snell 17 3 2 3 0 0 1 3 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 2 10 +11
J. Terry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Jennings - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Henson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Muhammad - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
X. Munford - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 104 36 24 7 14 9 24 38/73 10/23 18/24 2 34 200 +10