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BSJ Game Report: Bucks 119, Celtics 112 — Giannis too much for C’s late

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Everything you need to know about the Celtics' 119-112 loss to the Bucks with BSJ insight and analysis:

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Celtics fight back but falter late after some questionable officiating: The Celtics starters took Tuesday’s scrimmage off and it looked early on against the Bucks that they were still resting  — after letting the Bucks jump out to a 17-2 lead out of the gate. However, some steady play by the bench unit highlighted by Marcus Smart (team-high 23 points) helped the C’s claw their way back from a 15-point deficit in what ended up being a see-saw affair for most of the fourth quarter. Giannis Antetokounmpo (36 points, 15 rebounds) managed to take control late however, leading the Bucks on a game-closing 12-5 run to secure the victory after having his sixth foul reversed on a review with just under two minutes remaining. The reverse from a charge to a blocking call on Smart was probably the right call by the letter of the law, but the officials had clearly missed a sixth foul on Antetokounmpo on a hostile review just moments earlier. Jaylen Brown added 22 points for the C’s in the loss, while Gordon Hayward had a balanced box score line (17 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists) but those efforts weren’t enough to make up for a subpar night from the C’s top scorer.

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