Bucks rout Celtics, close series gap to 2-1

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You can put your dust pans and brooms away following the Milwaukee Bucks, 116-92, Game 3 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday night in Milwaukee. The Celtics are not feeling sorry for themselves or making any excuses for playing without star Kyrie Irving. He almost achieved a triple-double in each game too, suggesting that he may really look to take over Game 3 and lead the Bucks to a big home victory.

Terry Rozier, something of a lightning rod in this series, collapsed, starting with a scoreless, five-turnover first half. The matchup drawing the most attention is Rozier and Bledsoe, which has sparked some trash talk from both sides. Odds for that game will soon be released at BetDSI Sportsbook; they figure to be similar to the Game 3 line. "I just felt that was too much". First road game in the playoffs and it got loud. Perhaps Henson being out helped the Bucks as it gave Parker and Maker more minutes and they both delivered after less than inspiring showings in the opening two games of the series. The Celtics were led by Al Horford with 16. "I'm seven years in, so I feel like I should get more respect".

DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, and Kyle Lowry finished with 19 points for the Raptors, who committed 18 turnovers. And they were struggling to get open baskets to fall.

Another hot storyline from this series is the frustration between Jabari Parker and the Bucks organization.

Morris, however, did not try to pin Friday night's loss on the referees, saying the Bucks won "fair and square".

He pulled off four spectacular blocks in his first four minutes. To his defense, though, it would be hard to get into a rhythm with limited minutes in an unbalanced rotation. The company is the Bucks' official ticket provider and they say Ticketmaster is the exclusive source for verified, authentic tickets sold by other fans. "They were in such a rhythm offensively".

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The Bucks wanted it more.

. There's teams sitting at home watching us, and I do not want to be those guys. Clearly Parker is angry and has a chip on his shoulder. "It's going to give them that extra energy". The playoffs are not a time to make excuses or have dysfunction.

I could go on and on about what Milwaukee needs to do better to get back into this series but the message is pretty simple. Not only did the Bucks win, they grabbed hold of the Celtics in the first quarter and did not let go. He also played with passion, getting in opponents' faces at times. Their offense needs to share the basketball and keep it moving.

Snell and Matthew Dellavedova made contributions off the bench as well, with Dellavedova playing his typically pesky defense against the Celtics' guards.

Live television and streaming coverage of Game 3 of the best-of-seven series at the Bradley Center will be on ESPN and WatchESPN, starting at 9:30 pm ET. He only played 19 minutes in game two though, which begs the question as to if the coaches are still anxious about him playing lengthy minutes.

Bogdanovic scored 15 in the fourth quarter as the Pacers took a 2-1 lead in the series, with Game 4 on Sunday in Indianapolis. The only game that matters is tonight. That's a huge win, and the Bucks should be thrilled that Parker finally found his groove.

After Milwaukee lost Game 2, coach Joe Prunty told reporters he thought Boston played harder from the jump.

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