Milwaukee Bucks lead by Giannis Antetokounmpo 35 points and 13 rebounds, Khris Middleton 27 points and 14 rebounds, Jrue Holiday 25 points and Donte Divicenzo 15 points fall short by one point to Boston Celtics with dominant Jaylen Brown 33 points, Jayson Tatum 30 points, Jeff Teague 19 points and Tristan Thompson 12 points and 8 rebounds in his debut at the Boston Garden. The Boston Celtics won with 122-121 over Milwaukee Bucks.
The Boston Celtics opened up a shortened 2020-21 season facing the Milwaukee Bucks at home in front of an empty TD Garden. This was definitely strange one to witness. The PA played faux crowd noises throughout as the Celtics paid tribute to legendary broadcaster, coach and player Tommy Heinsohn from the outset.
Boston somewhat took the foot off the pedal in the opening of the fourth as Middleton came alive hitting on big buckets to claw back into it. From there it was a classic struggle back-and-forth, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was just the first game of the season, such was the intensity.
Grant Williams drew Giannis’ fourth foul, Tristan Thompson went into the lane and scored a big and-1 bucket and flexxed. However, Giannis (34 points) was the story of the 4th, reeling off 15 fourth quarter points before the 6-minute mark, translating to a Milwaukee 23-8 run to get it back even 113 apiece.
The Bucks and Celtics both had heavy legs late, as both showed signs of fatigue. A Jaylen Brown (33 points) floater layin and Jayson Tatum (30 points, 6-13 3 pts) square up on mid-ranger to get the lead 119-117. New summer signing for Milwaukee Jrue Holiday (25 points) calmly sank a three pointer at the other end to regain the lead 120-119.