The Milwaukee Bucks handed the Boston Celtics their third-straight loss, 120-107, behind a powerhouse performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Greek Freak poured in 30 points on a sizzling 8-for-13 shooting, adding eight rebounds, five assists and three blocks, with plenty of highlight reel plays.
The Greek Freak was on a mission tonight:- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 22, 2018
30 PTS | 8 REB | 5 AST | 3 BLK pic.twitter.com/reGFdnzYn7
The Bucks overwhelmed the injury-plagued Celtics, who got out to an early 10-1 lead thanks to some strong defensive play, but Milwaukee hit back immediately on a 16-0 run to take a 17-10 lead and they never looked back, with the lead getting out to as many as 26 points in the fourth quarter.
With a depleted frontcourt, missing Al Horford, Marcus Morris Sr. and Aron Baynes, Giannis and the Bucks feasted in the paint, with the Celtics' small-ball lineups struggling to contain them inside. Milwaukee outrebounded Boston 55-36, with 11 coming on the offensive end.
Antetokounmpo was either dunking or shooting free throws as he got to the rim at will, shooting 13-for-17 from the charity stripe.
Jaylen Brown, who finished with a team-high 21 points, kickstarted a mini comeback in the fourth, punctuated by this huge dunk on Antetokounmpo, but it was all too late as the Bucks kept their foot on the gas to seal the win.
Jaylen 😰 pic.twitter.com/viA6TZrWuQ- Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 22, 2018
Milwaukee's offence was humming all night as they shot 51.3 percent from the field, knocking down 16-for-40 from the 3-point line, with Aussie Thon Maker lighting up from deep, knocking down four of his five attempts.
Thon Maker had the hot hand from deep in Boston in the #Bucks' 120-107 win over the #Celtics #FearTheDeer- NBA Australia (@NBA_AU) December 22, 2018
📊 12 PTS | 3 REB | 4/5 3PT pic.twitter.com/HS6LtmnneR
Khris Middleton finished with 21 points nine rebounds and five assists, while Eric Bledsoe added 16 and Tony Snell 15 off the bench.
For Boston, Jayson Tatum scored 20 points, despite a rough shooting night, going 5-for-15 from the field, with Kyrie Irving adding 15 points on 7-for-20 shooting, nine rebounds and seven assists.
With Friday's victory, the Bucks extend their win streak to four games, improving their record to 22-9.