Bucks run through Celtics in Game 3

Bucks run through Celtics in Game 3

"I saw that they switched it with a longer defender on [Rozier]", Morris said.

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Throughout the first half, it didn't look like the Celtics had even a remote chance of winning the game.

Boston shot a lousy 29.2 percent from the field, while Milwaukee shot 45.5 percent in the first.

Down by 20 with 7:37 left in the third quarter, the Celtics seemed destined for another humiliating loss at the Bradley Center. Milwaukee continued to shoot well while Boston struggled.

The Bucks ran their lead up to 20 early in the second quarter and were up 58-35 at halftime.

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But this was a road game, in Milwaukee, a place where very little has gone the way Morris intended. Jayson Tatum had 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting in Game 3 while Greg Monroe scored 15 but on 4-of-12 shooting from the field. But the Celtics rallied late in the third to trim their deficit to 75-67 entering the fourth. Murray was 3 for 3 on 3-pointers in the first half, the most 3s made in the playoffs without a miss by a Spurs player since Steve Kerr (2003) and Patty Mills (2014) were 4 for 4 in a half.

However, as quickly as Boston snatched the lead away from Milwaukee, the Bucks took it back courtesy of a strip of Brown by Khris Middleton and, eventually, a corner three from Malcolm Brogdon. They want to get it all back at once, and we're driving to the rim and we're getting shot after shot blocked because we're trying to hit home runs by then. The Bucks defeated the Celtics 104-102.

Tatum inbounded the ball to Marcus Morris, who missed a contested jump shot as the final buzzer sounded. It's a game between men, and we got out there and it gets chippy.

"The activity, if you take the stat sheet out of it, the activity and the energy that we brought ... as you go through the game, that's what you need, is the energy first", Milwaukee Coach Joe Prunty said. "It didn't go in tonight".

For the Bucks, it will be interesting to see if they carry the same defensive energy over to Boston, where they were often out of sorts in the first two games. In a football sense, if the Bucks were going to blitz, then the C's had to blunt the rush with screen passes and short throws into the gaps. He also picked up 14 points and another five blocks in Milwaukee's victory in Game 3 on Friday. Brown had 34 points on 13-of-24 shooting along with eight rebounds, an assist and three steals in 41 minutes while Tatum posted 21 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes. They were propelled by Jaylen Brown's 30 points along with Terry Rozier adding 23 in the effort. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 PM ET and the Celtics are favored by three.