Thon Maker was spectacular with ferocious blocks and hitting three-pointers and Matthew Dellavedova was at his defensive best as the Milwaukee Bucks demolished the Boston Celtics 116-92 in game three of their National Basketball Association playoff series.
Maker, who had 14 points, five rebounds and five blocked shots off the Bucks bench, made two of the three free throws to push Milwaukee's lead to 78-62 with 2:46 to play in the third.
Milwaukee led by as many as 28 points in the fourth.
Game four is in Milwaukee on Sunday.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Length and athleticism make the Milwaukee Bucks a risky team with the ball.
Amid non-stop chants of "Fear the Deer" and the renewed confidence of a Bucks team back on familiar hardwood, the Celtics offense crawled into a shell last night.
Parker, who played 15 minutes in Game 1 and 10 in Game 2, is 1-for-7 from the field but hopeful that he will be given longer stretches of minutes by interim head coach Joe Prunty.
In Games 1 and 2, Milwaukee's impact players were Antetokounmpo and Middleton.
"We realized how important this game was".
"For me he is like my little brother", Antetokounmpo said.
The Boston Celtics didn't get much right in their 116-92 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. And the Bucks ran the Celtics off the floor without their star having a dominant night.
The two-time All-Star said the Bucks have to "make [Parker] know that we need him". And they were struggling to get open baskets to fall. "This is new for our group", Horford said.
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Bucks center John Henson did not play because of a back injury.
Almost everything else went Milwaukee's way, too.
In addition to Maker, Jabari Parker provided quality minutes off the bench after expressing frustration with his limited role. Bledsoe, outplayed by Rozier in the first two games, shot 8 of 13. "They were in such a rhythm offensively". "How many minutes did he play in the first game?" He had nine assists. Boston outrebounded the hosts 45-37.
Sadly for Boston, the Celtics' shot-making didn't get any better in the second quarter.
Bucks: Malcolm Brogdon replaced Tony Snell at guard alongside Bledsoe.
With the Celtics' backcourt now banged up, Rozier is tasked upon by Boston to handle most of the point guard duties while Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart remain on the sidelines. Middleton added eight rebounds and seven assists.
Antetokounmpo has been a mentor for Maker and revealed a conversation he had with the young Sudanese-born, Australian-raised giant two weeks ago.
He said, "It's not about playing time, it's not about minutes, it's not about nothing.it's about just winning".
Maker was 3 of 4 from the 3-point line. We got to show up as a team and get this W.
Welcome to the series, Eric Bledsoe.
"There's nothing about me and Bledsoe". "They punched us in the mouth early". They did a good job of creating that. "Yeah. Whatever that is, just try to be on the good side".