The Celtics were without three of their top nine players on Friday night and the Bucks played a tier above them for the better part of 48 minutes. Giannis Antetokounmpo had a game-high 30 points while Khris Middleton added 21 points as the visitors used a 57-22 first half run to cruise to a 120-107 victory. It was the third straight loss for Boston, which drops the hosts to the fifth seed in the East and 5.5 games behind the Raptors.
Jaylen Brown had a team-high 21 points for Boston off the bench but that was one of the few bright spots on the night for the Green after they blew an early 10-1 lead. The team shot a season-low 38.5 percent at home and knocked down just 29 percent of their 30-point attempts as Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier all struggled mightily.
The Celtics will be back at it on Sunday night as they try to snap a three-game losing streak against the Hornets at the Garden.