Milwaukee Bucks: 3 takeaways from 121-119 win over Boston Celtics

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - MARCH 24 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, Boston Celtics: Jayson Tatum
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – MARCH 24 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez step up for the Milwaukee Bucks in win over Celtics

Khris Middleton seemingly turns his game up a notch whenever he plays the Boston Celtics, and he carried on that tradition Wednesday night.

The two-time All-Star had himself a night by scoring a team-high 27 points on 11-20 shooting, including 2-of-4 from behind the arc. Middleton surprisingly left several empty opportunities at the free-throw line as he shot just 3-of-6, but it did not matter in the end. Scoring eight of his points in the final quarter, he helped seal the deal. Also hauling in 13 rebounds and dishing out four assists, the forward put together a fantastic all-around performance, discounting his five turnovers.

Meanwhile, Brook Lopez continued his recent stretch of excellence following the All-Star break by scoring 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including a brutal 1-of-5 from deep. It was Lopez’s 12th consecutive game finishing in double-figures as he has started looking more comfortable than ever with the team recently. Also notching five rebounds, three steals, and a clutch block in the closing seconds, the big man had himself a great all-around performance.

Milwaukee needed a big game from these two as Giannis Antetokounmpo struggled to find any rhythm in the matchup. After sitting out in Monday’s win over the Indiana Pacers due to a knee sprain, the two-time MVP was understandably rusty. He finished this one with just 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting, including 1-of-3 from deep.

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The Bucks were able to steal a win Wednesday night, which sets the stage for a thrilling rematch Friday night between these two teams jockeying for postseason position. You can catch the action at 6:30 CST on ESPN as well as Fox Sports Wisconsin.