Bucks and Celtics meet

22 February 2019 13:46:13 EST

One of the suggested holes in Giannis Antetokounmpo's game is said to be his inability to hit clutch shots down the stretch with no three-point shot in his arsenal.

However, the most valuable player candidate led the Milwaukee Bucks, 2/1 to win the NBA Championship, to a 98-97 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday evening at the Fiserv Forum in Wisconsin.

Antetokounmpo paced the way for the Bucks, as the 24-year-old small forward from Athens, Greece scored a game-high 30 points while pulling down 13 rebounds and dishing out six assists for a double-double for the contest. Antetokounmpo scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter to pull off the victory.

The Bucks improved to an NBA best 44-14 on the season and have won three straight games. Milwaukee have won nine of their past 10 games and improve to 24-5 at the Fiserv Forum.

This is the first time since 2014/15 that the Bucks have finished with a better than .500 record against the Celtics for the season with Milwaukee finishing this year at 2-1. The Eastern Conference has its strongest collection of teams in many a season, with the Bucks and Celtics a potential play-off series in the making.

Al Horford led the way for the Celtics, as the 32-year-old power forward from San Felipe de Puerto Plata scored 21 points while pulling down 17 rebounds and dishing out five assists for a double-double for the game. Kyrie Irving had a team-high 22 points but, with the Philadelphia 76ers winning on Thursday, Boston now slip to fifth in the Eastern Conference.

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