Antetokounmpo's revival propels the Milwaukee Bucks to victory
May 8, 2022
The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics 103-101 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at the Fiserv Forum. The Bucks, as defending champs, won thanks to Giannis Antetokounmpo's comeback performance.
Antetokounmpo bounced back after putting on a poor performance the night before. With 44.3 seconds left, he scored 42 points and put the game out of reach.
The Bucks now have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, and the teams will meet again on Monday night.
The Bucks vs the Celtics Game 3 overview
The Bucks' victory was still in doubt until Al Horford's possible recall was confirmed via replay. After Marcus Smart intentionally missed a free shot just after the game ended, the crazy capping came to an end.
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When the official declared a Jrue Holiday foul on Smart right before he made a 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left, the Celtics were down 103-100. As this was a non-shooting foul, Smart was granted two free throw attempts.
Smart made the first free shot but missed the second one on purpose. Before hitting the basket, this shot missed the backboard. The competition is heating up.
Despite getting the rebound, Smart failed to make a putback attempt. Horford retrieved the rebound with the final shot just before the buzzer sounded.
Smart should have had an opportunity to tie the game, according to the Celtics. Holiday should have received a foul card, according to Ime Udoka, the Celtics' head coach.
He said, "We can see it immediately, either through cinema or in person."
With 27 points and 12 rebounds, Jaylen Brown led the Celtics. Horford finished with 22 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists.
The Celtics were down 14 points in the third quarter and faced a 13-point hole. With 10 minutes left in the game, two Brown throws gave the Celtics their first lead since the third quarter began.
In successive possessions, neither the Celtics nor the Bucks failed to score any points. The Bucks' lead was then extended when Antetokounmpo blocked Brown's lay-up. With 11.2 seconds remaining, the Holiday basket brought the score to 103-100.
Antetokounmpo’s performance in the last minute
This Greek player is attempting to improve his gaming instincts. He does the right thing occasionally and makes blunders in his game other times. He always believed in his ability to achieve the finest results, nevertheless.
Antetokounmpo says, "I know what my strengths are."
Antetokounmpo's performance in the last minute demonstrated his improved form. He scored 16 of 30 points in Game 3 after shooting 38.5 percent with 20 of 52 points in the previous two games of the series. In addition to his 42 points, he had 12 rebounds and 8 assists.
This is a significant improvement in his performance in Game 2. He could only score 2 of 12 at the moment, and he only scored 5 points in the first half. He scored 28 points in this game, and the Bucks were down 86-109 at the time.
Antetokounmpo believes the Bucks will never lose their way in defending their championship after Game 3.
"There will be challenges, but if you stick with it and keep going on a winning streak, you will absolutely succeed," Antetokounmpo said.