Giannis Antetokounmpo dominates in Game 4, Celtics one loss away from elimination

Josue Pavon
May 06, 2019 - 9:41 pm

The Celtics are one loss away from seeing their season come to an end. 

The Bucks cruised to a 113-101 Game 4 win at TD Garden Monday and will head back to Milwaukee with an opportunity to close out the Celtics Wednesday night. 

For the second consecutive game of the series, the Celtics leaped out to a double-digit lead in the first half and saw it erased before halftime. Giannis Antetokounmpo (15) and Khris Middleton combined for 28 first-half points, while the Celtics clung onto a two-point lead (49-47) at the break before the Bucks turned it up a notch in the third quarter -- where they outscored their opponent, 33-23. 

Trailing the Bucks by 12 points with 7:19 left to play, the Celtics put together a quick 7-0 run to trim their deficit to five before the Bucks responded right back with a run of their own on their way to another 12-point lead with under four minutes left to play. Boston never recovered. 

Antetokounmpo took one final trip to the free-throw line after throwing down a thunderous exclamation point at the end of what was a very poor showing by the Celtics and another dominating second half by the Bucks. 

Antetokounmpo scored a game-high 39 points, including 17 in the final frame to go with his 16 rebounds. Kyrie Irving's 23 points led the Celtics but he finished 7-of-22 from the floor along with 10 assists.

 Al Horford added 20 points and Marcus Morris had a double-double (18 points, 14 rebounds) but it wasn't enough to overcome Milwaukee's stifling defense -- which forced the Celtics to shoot 37.8 percent from the floor, including 9-of-41 from deep, a new franchise playoff record for most threes attempted. 

Down 3-1, the Celtics will look to keep their season alive Wednesday night in Game 5 at Milwaukee.