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Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Celtics take commanding lead vs. Bucks in the playoffs

Celtics take commanding lead vs. Bucks in the playoffs

Following last night's Boston Celtics, 120-106, win over the Bucks in game 2, Bledsoe was asked about having to defend Celtics guard Terry Rozier III.

Celtics guard Terry Rozier shot a three-pointer near the Bucks bench with three minutes to go in the game, turned to Maker and they exchanged heated words and each received technical fouls.

Eric Bledsoe, still clearly bitter over Rozier's flub of Bledsoe's name and the 46 points Rozier has scored in the last two games, pretended not to know who Rozier was after Game 2.

Giannis Antetokounmpo paced Milwaukee with 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists after leading all scorers with 35 in Game 1.

Celtics: Brown is the youngest player in Celtics history to score 30 or more points in a playoff game.

The Bucks and Celtics now head to Milwaukee, where they will face off in a Game 3 on Friday and the Bucks can not afford to lose.

John Wall scored 29 points, Mike Scott had 20 points and Ty Lawson 14 points for the Wizards, who host Game 3 on Friday night.

Rozier sank three from beyond the arc and also dished out three assists while grabbing three rebounds.

Just as important as a clutch play like the one he had in Game 1 is Rozier's sound decision making as a ball-handler. In two games they have combined for 121 points and in two games the Bucks have 213 points total.

Milwaukee pulled within 10 a few times after that, but Brown or Rozier always seemed to find an answer to keep them at bay and give Boston a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. We'll get by. That's where Boston is right now: they won 55 games in the regular season and have taken a 2-0 lead in this series as the next guys up have stepped up. Khris Middleton had 25 points.

"Baynes is a guy that's going to start for us", Stevens confirmed during the pre-game conference. He played with poise, finishing with zero turnovers for the second straight game. The Bucks finished the season with a 109.8 offensive rating (ninth),.571 TS% (sixth) and.531 EFG% (eighth), while playing with one of the slowest paces in the league.

"Terry found me a lot during the course of the game and I was able to hit shots", Brown said.

As Stephen Curry remains out likely for the entire series nursing a sprained left knee, the defending champions used all the offensive power they had to take both home games in the best-of-seven series.

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