Giannis, Bucks criticized for ‘terrible’ Game 2 loss to Jaylen Brown, Celtics | Bleacher Report

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The Milwaukee Bucks looked downright unbeatable during a 12-point victory in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics.

Not so much in Game 2.

A desperate Boston team salvaged a division in the first two games at home with a 109-86 win on Tuesday. The Celtics wasted no time setting the tone as they jumped out to a 25-point halftime lead and built on that cushion to victory against a Bucks team that looked “terrible” at times.

Myron Medcalf @MedcalfByESPN

I really don’t know what the Bucks can take or learn from this game. They look terrible. Get on the plane and get ready for Game 3.

Even without Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart, the Celtics won the game with their early defense. Grant Williams and Al Horford in particular stood out as they formed a wall around the rim and fleshed out Giannis Antetokounmpo as he scored just five points on 2-for-12 shooting before halftime.

The two-time MVP sorted things out in the second half and finished with 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, but it was the star power of Jaylen Brown that shone when the game was still on the table early on.

He scored 17 points in the first quarter alone on his way to 30 while taking down Grayson Allen and rebounding from a 12-point, seven-turnover performance in Game 1.

While the Celtics still lost home-field advantage by coming up short in Game 1, they now have some momentum on their side as the series shifts to Milwaukee for Game 3 on Saturday.

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