Celtics Crush Bucks in Statement Win to Tie for Eastern Conference’s Best Record

The Boston Celtics made a statement on Friday night, crushing the Milwaukee Bucks 129-88 in a showdown between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics improved to 54-18, tying the Bucks for the best record in the East with 10 games left in the regular season. The Celtics dominated from start to finish, leading by as many as 46 points and never trailing in the game. They shot 55.6 percent from the field and 48.6 percent from three-point range, while holding the Bucks to 38.2 percent and 25.9 percent respectively. They also outrebounded the Bucks 51-37 and had 32 assists to only 11 turnovers. The Celtics had seven players score in double figures, led by Jayson Tatum’s 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting. Kemba Walker added 21 points and eight assists, while Jaylen Brown had 20 points and seven rebounds. Gordon Hayward chipped in with 16 points off the bench, while Marcus Smart, Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter combined for 30 points, 19 rebounds and nine assists. The Bucks, meanwhile, had their worst offensive performance of the season, scoring only 88 points on 32-of-84 shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo had a rare off night, finishing with 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting and seven turnovers. He also fouled out with 7:24 left in the fourth quarter, after getting into a heated exchange with Smart. Khris Middleton was the only other Buck to score more than 10 points, with 14 on 6-of-16 shooting. The Celtics have now won four straight games and eight of their last nine, while the Bucks have lost three of their last four and five of their last eight. The two teams will meet again on April 9 in Milwaukee, in what could be a decisive game for the No. 1 seed and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. Celtics Make a Statement with Dominant Win over Bucks The Boston Celtics delivered a commanding performance on Friday night, defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 129-88 in a highly anticipated matchup between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics dominated from start to finish, showcasing their offensive firepower and defensive prowess to claim a crucial victory. Led by Jayson Tatum’s 28 points and a balanced scoring effort from seven players, the Celtics shot an impressive 55.6 percent from the field and 48.6 percent from beyond the arc. They also outrebounded the Bucks and had more than triple the number of assists, while holding the Bucks to a season-low 88 points on 38.2 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo, the reigning MVP, struggled throughout the game and finished with just 15 points and seven turnovers before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Khris Middleton was the only other Buck to score in double figures with 14 points. The win is a statement victory for the Celtics, who have now won four straight games and eight of their last nine, while the Bucks have lost three of their last four and five of their last eight. The two teams will meet again on April 9, and with the top seed in the Eastern Conference up for grabs, it could be a crucial game in determining home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. Overall, the Celtics’ dominant win underscores their status as a legitimate title contender and sends a message to the rest of the league that they are a force to be reckoned with come playoff time.