The third-seeded Bucks superior to face second-seeded Boston within the Jap Convention semifinals, with Recreation 1 on Sunday in Boston. The Celtics swept Brooklyn.
After splitting the primary two video games, the Bucks gained the final three by a mean margin of 23.3 factors. They gained these three video games with out Khris Middleton, the All-Star who sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee through the fourth quarter of Recreation 2.
Chicago didn’t deal with the lack of key gamers fairly as properly. The Bulls performed with out the beginning backcourt they used for the primary 4 video games with two-time All-Star Zach LaVine in well being and security protocols and Alex Caruso in concussion protocol.
The absences enabled Milwaukee’s protection to focus a lot of its consideration on containing DeMar DeRozan, who had scored 41 factors within the Bulls’ Recreation 2 victory. DeRozan was held to 11 factors Wednesday whereas capturing 5 of 10.
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Antetokounmpo led the best way for the Bucks by capturing 11 of 15 from the ground and 11 of 14 from the free-throw line. Pat Connaughton hit 6 of 9 3-pointers and scored 20 factors, and Bobby Portis added 14 factors and career-high 17 rebounds. The Bucks’ largest lead was 29.
Patrick Williams scored 23 factors, Nikola Vucevic 19 and Coby White 17 for the Bulls. Vucevic additionally had 16 rebounds and 6 assists.
DeRozan was scoreless within the first 26 minutes of the sport and tried only one shot within the first quarter as he tried to get his teammates concerned.
The issue was Chicago’s different gamers weren’t hitting open photographs, permitting the Bucks to take command early.
Milwaukee pulled forward for good 3 1/2 minutes into the sport and constructed a double-digit lead by scoring 12 straight factors within the first quarter. Late within the first interval, the Bucks started a 23-2 run that helped them lengthen the benefit to 49-20 with 7:25 left within the second interval. Antetokounmpo scored 9 straight Bucks factors throughout that second spurt.
Chicago outscored the Bucks 22-11 the remainder of the second quarter and received the margin all the way down to 11 on Ayo Dosunmu’s 3-point play with 9:32 left within the third quarter, however Milwaukee’s Bobby Portis hit a pair of nook 3-pointers 36 seconds aside to make it 72-55.
Bulls: The Bulls tried 52 photographs from 3-point vary and solely 40 from contained in the arc. Chicago made simply 28.8% of its 3-point photographs. … The Bulls haven’t superior past the primary spherical of the playoffs since 2015, after they beat the Bucks earlier than shedding to the Cleveland Cavaliers within the East semifinals. … With LaVine and Caruso unavailable, Javonte Inexperienced and Dosunmu made their first profession playoff begins.
Bucks: Reserve guard George Hill nonetheless hasn’t performed on this postseason resulting from an belly pressure. Hill had been listed as questionable the damage report Wednesday earlier than getting dominated out, a sign he’s getting nearer to a return. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer mentioned earlier than the sport that Hill is “making progress” however added that “he wants extra time.” … The Bucks have gained 20 of their final 22 conferences with the Bulls. … Jrue Vacation had 10 factors and 9 assists but in addition dedicated six turnovers.
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