The Milwaukee Bucks closed out their series against the Boston Celtics in dominating fashion with a blowout win in Game 5. Here are the big takeaways from the series-clinching win.
For the first time in 18 years, the Milwaukee Bucks will be playing in the Eastern Conference Finals for the chance to advance to the NBA Finals.
With the chance to finish off the Boston Celtics in Game 5, the Milwaukee Bucks rode their vaunted defense to another blowout victory to take the series 4-1.
In front of their hometown crowd, where they had the best record in the league during the regular season, the Bucks gave their fans some history with a series-clinching win.
It wasn’t a pretty win by any means, with both teams struggling to shoot for a majority of the game, but the defense kept the Celtics down throughout the game and the offense woke up in the second half to send Boston home for the season.
The Bucks’ balance was on full display, with seven different players scoring in double-digits and Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the way with 20 points.
Khris Middleton, again, didn’t shoot all that great, but still ended up with 19 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the field, while Eric Bledsoe had a solid bounce-back game with 18 points, six rebounds and two assists on 50 percent shooting from the field.
George Hill once again had a phenomenal game off the bench, pitching in 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. It’s wild to think that Hill was the best and most consistent guard a series that featured Kyrie Irving and Eric Bledsoe.
Speaking of Irving, the basketball genius had another inept performance, going 6-of-21 for 15 points and just one assist. Irving came out firing, shooting nine times in the first quarter, but only made one of them and things never really got better after that.
Jayson Tatum had his best game of the series with 14 points but was still just 3-of-10 from the field. All in all, this was just another smackdown by the Bucks on the Celtics.
Ever since Game 1, Milwaukee has been by and far the better team in every game on both ends, and this blowout was essentially just putting a crumbling Boston team out of its misery.
Boston goes home and the Bucks move on to the Conference Finals. Now, let’s get to some of the big takeaways from the game.