Milwaukee Bucks of America basketball star, Giannis Adetokunbo (aka Antetokounmpo) is still relishing his team’s stunning Game 2 victory over Boston Celtics in the NBA play-offs, but says it was because he and his teammates decided to put up an aggressive style of play.
After struggling in Game 1, The Bucks opted for a change of tactics for the next tie, and they went all out to turn the tide in their favour.
Antetokounmpo attacked the rim, Khris Middleton connected from long range and Eric Bledsoe turned in an effective performance, as The Bucks more like themselves in Game 2.
Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 10 rebounds and Middleton made seven of Milwaukee’s franchise playoff-high 20 3-pointers, helping the Bucks even their second-round playoff series against Boston with a 123-102 victory on Tuesday night.
Antetokounmpo, one of the top candidates for the National Basketball Association (NBA) most valuable player award, went 7 for 16 from the floor and 13 of 18 at the foul line.
It was an important turnaround for Milwaukee, after he had 22 points on 7-for-21 shooting in Game 1 on Sunday.
On his part, Middleton finished with 28 points and Bledsoe, who was held to six points in the opener, finished with 21 points and five assists.
The Bucks led by as many as 31 points after a closely played opening half. Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series is Friday night in Boston.
Marcus Morris paced Boston with 17 points. Jaylen Brown had 16, and Al Horford finished with 15.
Kyrie Irving, who had 26 points and 11 assists in the Celtics’ 112-90 victory in Game 1, had nine points on 4-of-18 shooting.
Milwaukee broke it open by outscoring Boston 39-18 in the third quarter, as Antetokounmpo scored 15 points in the period, including a 3-pointer over Horford to give the Bucks an 81-71 lead with 5:33 left.
Antetokounmpo tipped in his own miss and made another 3 to help Milwaukee pull away, and The Bucks went on a 24-2 run to carry a 98-73 lead into the fourth.
Antetokounmpo said afterwards: “I think in Game 1 I didn’t do a good job finding my teammates. So of course I wanted to be aggressive.
“But then, you’ve got to make the right plays. At the start of the game tonight, the right play was the pass.”