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Horford, Smart lift Celtics over Bucks 92-87 for 3-2 lead

BOSTON (AP) Al Horford has been the Celtics' quiet leader this postseason, and Marcus Smart might be the kindling Boston was missing in back-to-back losses in Milwaukee.

The duo was reunited for Game 5, and together, they helped put the Celtics on the verge of closing out their first-round series.

Horford had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Smart made an impact in his first game since mid-March and Boston beat the Bucks 92-87 on Tuesday night for a 3-2 lead.

Smart came off the bench and had nine points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks in his first action since right thumb surgery. He played 25 minutes wearing a protective splint and had a key assist to Horford late from the bottom of a scrum beneath three Milwaukee players.

''I just tried to make sure I got him the ball and it was going to take everything I had,'' Smart said. ''They weren't taking it from me.''

Terry Rozier added 16 points and five assists for Boston. The home team has won all five games in the first-round series, and Game 6 is Thursday in Milwaukee.

Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 23 points, Jabari Parker added 17 points and eight rebounds, and Giannis Antetokounmpo had a series-low 16 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists.

The Celtics led by 16 before Milwaukee rallied to make it 74-70 with 7:33 left. Middleton scored later and was fouled to get Milwaukee within 84-79, but he failed to complete the three-point play.

A few possessions later, Smart managed to squeeze out the pass to Horford with three Bucks draped over him, and Horford easily dropped in a layup to make it 86-79 with 28.1 seconds left.

Milwaukee got within 87-84 after a layup by Eric Bledsoe, but the Celtics hit enough free throws the rest of the way to secure the win.

The Bucks entered the game shooting an NBA playoff-best 54 percent from the field, but they hit just 37 percent for the game (32 of 87) - a series low.

Boston needed an energy boost after slow starts in Games 3 and 4, and Smart gave the Celtics exactly that.

He checked in for the first time late in the first quarter. Less than a minute later, he deflected a pass and won a scramble on the floor for the loose ball.

A few possessions later, he was helping protect the rim, getting his hand in to deny an alley-oop dunk attempt by Antetokounmpo.

He was also active on the offensive end, helping drive the ball into the interior of Milwaukee's defense, like when he tossed an alley-oop to Horford late in the third quarter .

Boston made a change to a smaller lineup, shifting Horford to center in place of Aron Baynes and starting Semi Ojeleye at forward.

Ojeleye drew the primary responsibility of guarding Antetokounmpo and handled it well. Antetokounmpo had just 10 field goal attempts.

''It's on me. I had open shots, but they wasn't my shots,'' Antetokounmpo said. ''I think my teammates did a great job finding me, but coming the next game, Game 6, I've got to be more aggressive and make more plays.''

TIP-INS

Bucks: F John Henson missed his third straight game with back soreness. ... Scored 15 points in first quarter. It was low for a quarter in the series, excluding the Game 1 overtime period (eight points).

Celtics: Finished with 18 turnovers. ... Outscored the Bucks 32-28 in the paint.

HE SAID IT

''It's win or go home, so I mean you can't leave nothing on the line. That's pretty much how you play this whole playoffs - you leave it all out there. Tonight we had too many lapses where we just didn't want it as bad as they did.'' - Middleton

DROUGHT AND A RUN

The Celtics went without a field goal from Rozier's 3-pointer with 9:14 left in the third until Jaylen Brown hit from beyond the arc with 4:26 to go in the period.

It allowed Milwaukee to go on a 12-2 run, trimming Boston's lead to 58-52.

STILL BEEFING

Rozier and Eric Bledsoe got tangled up with 9:33 left in the third quarter. Rozier bumped Bledsoe near the baseline. Bledsoe responded with a hard shove. They then got face-to-face and had to be separated.

Bledsoe was assessed a flagrant foul and Rozier was issued a technical foul.

It was the continuation of some off-court chiding between the pair.

Rozier called Bledsoe ''Drew Bledsoe'' when asked about him after Game 1. Bledsoe has since responded by saying ''Who?'' whenever he's asked about Rozier.

''We're looking forward to Game (6),'' Bledsoe said. ''It's as simple as that.''

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:39   Semi Ojeleye missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:35   Defensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe  
11:29   Bad pass turnover on Eric Bledsoe, stolen by Jaylen Brown  
11:12   Shooting foul on Tyler Zeller  
11:12 +1 Al Horford made 1st of 2 free throws 0-1
11:12   Al Horford missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:09   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
10:52 +3 Khris Middleton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Malcolm Brogdon 3-1
10:32   Terry Rozier missed fade-away jump shot  
10:30   Defensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe  
10:21   Khris Middleton missed turnaround jump shot  
10:17   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
10:12   Jayson Tatum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:10   Defensive rebound by Malcolm Brogdon  
10:06 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made dunk, assist by Malcolm Brogdon 5-1
9:43   Al Horford missed jump shot  
9:42   Defensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe  
9:35   Eric Bledsoe missed reverse layup  
9:33   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
9:29   Offensive foul on Al Horford  
9:29   Offensive foul on Al Horford  
9:25   Personal foul on Jaylen Brown  
9:08   Eric Bledsoe missed fade-away jump shot  
9:06   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
8:57   Jaylen Brown missed jump shot  
8:55   Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
8:47   Shooting foul on Jayson Tatum  
8:47 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 1st of 2 free throws 6-1
8:47 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 2nd of 2 free throws 7-1
8:28 +3 Semi Ojeleye made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 7-4
7:59   Khris Middleton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:57   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
7:49 +2 Jayson Tatum made floating jump shot 7-6
7:49   Shooting foul on Malcolm Brogdon  
7:49 +1 Jayson Tatum made free throw 7-7
7:31 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made reverse layup, assist by Khris Middleton 9-7
7:13   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:11   Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
7:04   Khris Middleton missed floating jump shot  
7:01   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
6:46 +2 Jaylen Brown made floating jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 9-9
6:31 +2 Malcolm Brogdon made finger-roll layup 11-9
6:15 +2 Al Horford made dunk, assist by Jayson Tatum 11-11
6:05   Backcourt turnover on Malcolm Brogdon  
5:50 +2 Al Horford made hook shot 11-13
5:34 +2 Jabari Parker made jump shot, assist by Tyler Zeller 13-13
5:18   Marcus Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:15   Defensive rebound by Tyler Zeller  
5:10   Eric Bledsoe missed jump shot  
5:07   Defensive rebound by Semi Ojeleye  
4:57   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:55   Defensive rebound by Tyler Zeller  
4:40   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed jump shot  
4:38   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
4:20   Bad pass turnover on Al Horford, stolen by Tyler Zeller  
4:09   Malcolm Brogdon missed turnaround jump shot, blocked by Terry Rozier  
4:08   Team rebound  
3:53   Thon Maker missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Al Horford  
3:51   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
3:47 +2 Terry Rozier made hook shot 13-15
3:35   Lost ball turnover on Matthew Dellavedova, stolen by Marcus Smart  
3:29   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:31   Al Horford missed dunk  
3:31   Offensive rebound by Al Horford  
3:22   Defensive rebound by Jabari Parker  
3:23   Jabari Parker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:20   Team rebound  
3:20   Personal foul on Terry Rozier  
3:15   Malcolm Brogdon missed jump shot  
3:12   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
2:55   Marcus Morris missed turnaround jump shot  
2:52   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
2:42   Lost ball turnover on Jabari Parker, stolen by Marcus Morris  
2:37   Jaylen Brown missed layup, blocked by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
2:37   Team rebound  
2:36 +2 Marcus Smart made layup, assist by Marcus Morris 13-17
2:36   Shooting foul on Tony Snell  
2:36 +1 Marcus Smart made free throw 13-18
2:20   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
2:20   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed alley-oop shot, blocked by Marcus Smart  
2:11   Personal foul on Matthew Dellavedova  
2:08   Bad pass turnover on Marcus Smart, stolen by Matthew Dellavedova  
1:57 +2 Khris Middleton made fade-away jump shot 15-18
1:44 +3 Terry Rozier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marcus Smart 15-21
1:22   Jabari Parker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:21   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
1:13   Offensive foul on Marcus Smart  
1:13   Offensive foul on Marcus Smart  
1:06   Lost ball turnover on Matthew Dellavedova, stolen by Shane Larkin  
0:56   Out of bounds turnover on Marcus Smart  
0:51   Personal foul on Shane Larkin  
0:42   Tony Snell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:39   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
0:30 +2 Marcus Morris made jump shot, assist by Marcus Smart 15-23
0:07   Matthew Dellavedova missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:04   Offensive rebound by Matthew Dellavedova  
0:01   Khris Middleton missed floating jump shot  
0:01   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:35 +2 Khris Middleton made layup, assist by Jabari Parker 17-23
11:14   Shooting foul on Khris Middleton  
11:14   Marcus Morris missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:14   Team rebound  
11:14 +1 Marcus Morris made 2nd of 2 free throws 17-24
10:55 +2 Khris Middleton made floating jump shot, assist by Eric Bledsoe 19-24
10:39   Bad pass turnover on Shane Larkin, stolen by Tony Snell  
10:33 +3 Eric Bledsoe made 3-pt. jump shot 22-24
10:20 +2 Aron Baynes made jump shot, assist by Marcus Morris 22-26
9:54   Shooting foul on Marcus Smart  
9:54 +1 Eric Bledsoe made 1st of 2 free throws 23-26
9:54   Eric Bledsoe missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:51   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
9:38 +3 Marcus Morris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jayson Tatum 23-29
9:27   Khris Middleton missed driving layup, blocked by Marcus Smart  
9:23   Defensive rebound by Marcus Smart  
9:21   Marcus Morris missed layup, blocked by Eric Bledsoe  
9:20   Defensive rebound by Tony Snell  
9:12   Tony Snell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:12   Team rebound  
9:11   Personal foul on Shane Larkin  
8:52 +2 Khris Middleton made jump shot 25-29
8:32 +2 Shane Larkin made finger-roll layup, assist by Jayson Tatum 25-31
8:27   Offensive foul on Khris Middleton  
8:27   Offensive foul on Khris Middleton  
8:11   Jayson Tatum missed turnaround jump shot  
8:09   Team rebound  
8:09   Personal foul on Thon Maker  
7:55   Marcus Smart missed fade-away jump shot  
7:51   Offensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
7:51 +2 Marcus Morris made driving layup 25-33
7:21   Thon Maker missed jump shot  
7:18   Defensive rebound by Shane Larkin  
7:09 +2 Aron Baynes made jump shot, assist by Shane Larkin 25-35
6:57 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made finger-roll layup 27-35
6:57   Shooting foul on Jayson Tatum  
6:57   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed free throw  
6:57   Defensive rebound by Semi Ojeleye  
6:45   Al Horford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:41   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
6:32   Eric Bledsoe missed jump shot  
6:30   Offensive rebound by Tyler Zeller  
6:26   Khris Middleton missed hook shot  
6:22   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
6:09   Bad pass turnover on Al Horford, stolen by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
6:04   Tony Snell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:00   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
5:39 +2 Al Horford made alley-oop shot, assist by Jayson Tatum 27-37
5:28 +2 Eric Bledsoe made jump shot, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 29-37
5:03 +3 Jaylen Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shane Larkin 29-40
4:50   Personal foul on Semi Ojeleye  
4:35   Khris Middleton missed jump shot  
4:33   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
4:23 +3 Jayson Tatum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jaylen Brown 29-43
4:10   Malcolm Brogdon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:07   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
3:46   Shooting foul on Giannis Antetokounmpo  
3:46   Al Horford missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:46   Team rebound  
3:46 +1 Al Horford made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-44
3:36   Matthew Dellavedova missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:33   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
3:17   Terry Rozier missed fade-away jump shot  
3:16   Team rebound  
2:51   Jabari Parker missed jump shot  
2:48   Defensive rebound by Marcus Smart  
2:42   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:39   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
2:35   Personal foul on Semi Ojeleye  
2:35   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:35   Team rebound  
2:35 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-44
2:18   Semi Ojeleye missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:17   Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
2:11   Jabari Parker missed layup  
2:11   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
1:53   Shooting foul on Jabari Parker  
1:53 +1 Semi Ojeleye made 1st of 2 free throws 30-45
1:53 +1 Semi Ojeleye made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-46
1:31 +2 Jabari Parker made dunk, assist by Malcolm Brogdon 32-46
1:13   Bad pass turnover on Marcus Smart, stolen by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
1:08   Malcolm Brogdon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:05   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
0:58   Jaylen Brown missed jump shot  
0:57   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
0:52 +3 Jabari Parker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 35-46
0:33   Al Horford missed hook shot  
0:30   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
0:24 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made jump shot 37-46
0:03   Shooting foul on Jabari Parker  
0:03 +1 Marcus Smart made 1st of 2 free throws 37-47
0:03 +1 Marcus Smart made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-48
0:01   Bad pass turnover on Jabari Parker, stolen by Jaylen Brown  
0:00   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:46   Eric Bledsoe missed floating jump shot  
11:43   Defensive rebound by Semi Ojeleye  
11:27   Out of bounds turnover on Al Horford  
11:07   Shooting foul on Jaylen Brown  
11:07 +1 Eric Bledsoe made 1st of 2 free throws 38-48
11:07 +1 Eric Bledsoe made 2nd of 2 free throws 39-48
10:54   Bad pass turnover on Terry Rozier, stolen by Eric Bledsoe  
10:33   Khris Middleton missed jump shot  
10:29   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
10:19 +3 Al Horford made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jaylen Brown 39-51
10:03   Eric Bledsoe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:01   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
9:55   Shooting foul on Thon Maker  
9:55   Team rebound  
9:55   Terry Rozier missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:55 +1 Terry Rozier made 2nd of 2 free throws 39-52
9:43   Out of bounds turnover on Malcolm Brogdon  
9:33   Flagrant foul on Eric Bledsoe  
9:33   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
9:33 +1 Khris Middleton made free throw 40-52
9:33   Team rebound  
9:33 +1 Terry Rozier made 2nd of 2 free throws 40-53
9:33   Terry Rozier missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:14 +3 Terry Rozier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al Horford 40-56
8:55 +2 Khris Middleton made floating jump shot, assist by Eric Bledsoe 42-56
8:55   Shooting foul on Jaylen Brown  
8:55 +1 Khris Middleton made free throw 43-56
8:33   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:32   Team rebound  
8:16   Bad pass turnover on Giannis Antetokounmpo, stolen by Terry Rozier  
7:53   Lost ball turnover on Terry Rozier, stolen by Eric Bledsoe  
7:40   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed jump shot  
7:39   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
7:22   Jayson Tatum missed finger-roll layup  
7:22   Team rebound  
7:22   Personal foul on Jayson Tatum  
7:03 +3 Shabazz Muhammad made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 46-56
6:36   Shooting foul on Thon Maker  
6:36 +1 Jayson Tatum made 1st of 2 free throws 46-57
6:36 +1 Jayson Tatum made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-58
6:26 +2 Shabazz Muhammad made layup, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 48-58
6:26   Shooting foul on Semi Ojeleye  
6:26 +1 Shabazz Muhammad made free throw 49-58
6:10   Offensive goaltending turnover on Al Horford  
5:58   Jumpball  
5:53   Shabazz Muhammad missed floating jump shot  
5:49   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
5:39   Personal foul on Giannis Antetokounmpo  
5:30   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:27   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
5:13 +3 Jabari Parker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Matthew Dellavedova 52-58
4:52   Backcourt turnover on Marcus Morris  
4:43   Khris Middleton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:39   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
4:26 +3 Jaylen Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 52-61
4:07 +2 Shabazz Muhammad made layup, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 54-61
3:56   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:53   Defensive rebound by Jabari Parker  
3:46 +3 Shabazz Muhammad made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 57-61
3:26   Personal foul on Khris Middleton  
3:26 +1 Al Horford made 1st of 2 free throws 57-62
3:26 +1 Al Horford made 2nd of 2 free throws 57-63
3:11   Shabazz Muhammad missed floating jump shot  
3:09