“What did I see
? I had the ball and I was like
: 'Oh, crap
. I’m going to get stuck
,'” Antetokounmpo detto
“I threw it to the backboard,” Egli ha detto. “I’m lucky enough that God blessed me with the ability to jump. I had a good jump to go get it again and I was able to finish the play.”
It was another addition to the 27-year-old’s already impressive highlight reel, as he proved a menace for the Celtics all evening.
He finished with a triple-double — the second in the postseason of his career — con 24 punti, 13 rimbalzi e 12 assiste.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer showed his appreciation for Antetokounmpo’s solo alley-oop, dicendo che lo è “just pure talent, just pure instinct.”
“He’s a great player. He does things that are unique and special and timely,” Budenholzer said. “That’s one of those plays where you’re happy he’s on our side.”
Jrue Holiday had 25 punti e 10 rebounds as the reigning champion Bucks used their physical defense to stifle the surging Celtics, who were coming off a sweep of the Brooklyn Nets in the last round of the playoffs.
The Celtics’ two stars — Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown — were held to just 21 e 12 points respectively, shooting a combined 10-for-31 in the game.
With the Bucks’ length and physicality shutting down the Celtics near the basket, Boston shot 50 three-pointers, making just 18 e le riprese 33.3% from the field as a team.
“Offensively, not our best night. I thought we guarded well enough,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. “To lose a 12-point game when we shot so poorly bodes well for us. In un modo, it’s good to get this dud out of the way, offensively.”
The teams will face off again Boston for Game 2 martedì.