"Each little play is going to matter".
The Milwaukee Bucks shot 48.2 percent from the field while the Celtics shot 41.5 percent, and they still lost.
Antetokounmpo would knock down two free throws to cut the Celtics lead to 91-89, before Horford would extend the lead to 92-89 with 56 seconds left.
Giannis Antetokounmpo got free for a dunk.
Case in point: A short while after draining a 3-pointer to beat the 24-second clock when all other options had been exhausted, Horford again found himself holding the bag out on the perimeter.
Out of a timeout, Brogdon got free on the wing and drained a three with 10.3 to play to tie it at 96.
Rozier responds to the Bucks with a made three-pointer, and then Middleton returned the favor to pull back within two with 2:12 on the clock.
But after a Milwaukee timeout advanced the ball to half court, Middleton matched it with his own 3 over Brown as time expired.
"The moral of the story is we didn't pull this one out".
James had a triple double in a losing cause with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
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"We got to take care of the ball in Game 2", Antetokounmpo said. And, you know, I thought Al battled. "I'm glad to be in this position".
Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 35 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists before fouling out in overtime.
The stat line shows only a missed shot and a rebound, but that two points were Horford's just as much as if he'd thrown down a tomahawk jam. Malcolm Brogdon scored all 16 of his points after halftime for Milwaukee. The game had to be over at that point, right?
After a muted start, things opened for Antetokounmpo. But he said he must do a better job on the defensive end against Horford going forward. "It's all about winning", Antetokounmpo said.
Part of the reason the Bucks were in bad spots is because they were hampered by turnovers.
Rozier's 3-pointer gave the Celtics a 104-103 lead with 3:43 left in overtime.
Milwaukee simply didn't get enough help to carry the load for Middleton and Antetokounmpo. "We feel like if we get a shot up, we'll be good".
Boston Coach Brad Stevens loves the postseason because it offers a chance to "bust narratives". In the extra session, Milwaukee took their last lead with three minutes to play at 105-104: they were outscored 9-2 the rest of the way.
It was 108-106 when Horford snared a rebound and got it ahead to Rozier, who was fouled. The Boston Celtics are shooting 42.3 percent from beyond the arc and 88.9 percent from the free throw line. That's a surefire way to end up with a loss: look for the Celtics to dig deep and come up with the win here to take a 2-0 series lead. Terry Rozier is the third double-digit scorer and Jaylen Brown is dishing four assists.