The Boston Celtics will be heading to the second round of the NBA playoffs, after the hosts defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 112-96 Saturday afternoon at the TD Garden in Massachusetts.
Despite ending up with the second seed little has been expected of the Celtics as they have battled with injuries and are relying on young talent to mature in the playoffs in quick fashion.
Conversely it was one of the old heads leading the way for Boston on Saturday as Al Horford, the 31-year old power forward from San Felipe de Puerto Plata, had a team high 26 points while pulling down eight rebounds and dishing out three assists for the game.
Boston will now head straight into a huge matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Two of the youngest teams in the East squaring off to figure out who will surpass LeBron James should father time catch up with the Cleveland Cavaliers star.
Khris Middleton led the way for Milwaukee in defeat, as the 26-year old small forward from Charleston, South Carolina had a game high 32 points while grabbing two rebounds and dishing out three assists for the contest.
The Celtics will get little rest before the second round series with the 76ers, as Game 1 of the second round will start on Monday evening at the TD Garden.
Boston now improves to 20-4 at home in deciding Game 7s. A worry for the Celtics will be the health of Jaylen Brown, as the Cal alumni injured his right hamstring in the finale and he did not return after the injury.
The Celtics are 1/5 to win their NBA series against the 76ers, who are priced at 15/4.
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