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Bucks Take 131-125 OT Victory Over Celtics

15 February 2023, Wednesday
On Tuesday, the Milwaukee Bucks extended their winning streak to 11 games as they edged past the shorthanded Boston Celtics 131-125 in overtime. Jrue Holiday put forth a season-high 40 points, and made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 25.2 seconds remaining in the overtime period.

Giannis Antetokounmpo also chipped in by adding 36 points, 13 rebounds, and nine assists in the game, as they Bucks (40-17) the Boston Celtics (41-17) in the Eastern Conference standings.

It was a difficult game for the Celtics, as both All-Stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were out due to illness and facial fracture respectively. Marcus Smart was absent due to a sprained ankle and Al Horford because of swelling in his right knee. Despite these setbacks, the Celtics nearly earned their fifth straight victory.

Wisconsin's Sam Hauser made a shot from nearly 30 feet out with just 3 seconds to play, sending the game into overtime. Derrick White opened the extra period with five consecutive points, giving the Celtics a five-point advantage with two minutes left. Yet the Bucks managed to come back as Jrue Holiday stole the ball from White and made an emphatic dunk to cut the lead to one with 1:32 remaining. Each team then made two free throws before Holiday drained a 3-pointer to seal the victory for Milwaukee.

Grant Williams' turnover saw Grayson Allen nab the steal, leading to a clear-path foul on the Celtics with 3.2 seconds left. Antetokounmpo made the free throws afterwards and then finished the scoring with a buzzer-beating dunk.

Boston were led in points by the reigning Eastern Conference player of the week, White, who had 27. Brogdon added 26 points, while Mike Muscala tallied 18.

Khris Middleton contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks.

The Boston Celtics were edged out by the Milwaukee Bucks even though they had a 27-10 advantage in points off turnovers. During the third quarter, Mike Muscala earned his first career technical foul after saying something to the Bucks bench following a dunk.

Giannis Antetokounmpo added to his career record with nine assists, setting his total to 3,271. He is just one behind Paul Pressey's franchise record. The Bucks will also be represented at the All-Star Game this weekend by Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday. Johnny Watson, the Bucks' executive producer for arena and event presentation, will direct and produce in-game entertainment at the All-Star Game for the eighth time. DJ Shawna and Melanie Ricks will handle the same roles for the Bucks at the All-Star Game.

The Celtics are set to host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, seeking to sweep the four-game regular-season series. Meanwhile, the Bucks will travel to Chicago on Thursday.
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