Boston Celtics blow great opportunity in Milwaukee

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Boston Celtics blow great opportunity in Milwaukee

Jaylen Brown's career-high 34 points weren't enough for the Boston Celtics, as the Milwaukee Bucks take Game 4 to tie up the playoff series at 2-2 with a, 104-102, win on Sunday afternoon.

The Bucks led by 20 points with 7:37 remaining in the third quarter before the Celtics got back in the game with a torrid run. That has seldom been the case for the underachieving Bucks this season, but they've put two such games together and suddenly the series against the wounded Celtics - now down to a best-of-three - looks winnable.

WASHINGTON - John Wall took over down the stretch after Bradley Beal fouled out, having a hand in 10 of Washington's last 14 points and finishing with 27 points and 14 assists as the No. 8 seed Wizards came back to beat the No. 1 Toronto Raptors and even their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series at 2-2.

"I just tried to contest it", Middleton said.

The Celtics continued to struggle on both ends of the floor, shooting 30 percent from the field in the first half, as the Bucks took a, 51-35, into halftime.

Game 5 is Thursday night (Friday AM in the Philippines) at the TD Garden in Boston.

The Celtics quickly erased most of the lead in the fourth but were unable to pull ahead, 100-99, until Jayson Tatum hit a 17-footer with 52.4 seconds to play. Now - just as much as Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward - the "Jay-Team" holds the keys to the next great Boston basketball team. Game 4 seemed to be headed in that direction, but the young Celtics forced Milwaukee to fend off a late charge.

These two stars were ably assisted off the bench again by Jabari Parker, who added 16.

Maker is the first player to record five blocks in back-to-back playoff games since DeAndre Jordan did it in 2014.

As you listen to Morris following the Game 4 loss, it's hard to tell whether he's more consumed by the disappointment of how this series has played out the last two games, or frustration over more and more attention being paid to him and his interactions with game officials.

The Bucks would come down and retake the lead on a Malcolm Brogdon three to go up 102-100 with 34 seconds left.

Game 5 will be on Wednesday (NZT).

Rudy Gay scored 14 points for San Antonio, Dejounte Murray had 12 and Kyle Anderson added 10.

The Spurs made 15 of their 28 three-point attempts, while the Warriors were just seven of 28 from deep.

Horford (13 points, nine rebounds), Morris (13 points) and Terry Rozier (10 points, eight assists) were also in double figures for the Celtics.

"It's the playoffs, so any game around this time is going to get you antsy", he said. Game 3 was a blowout victory for the Bucks.

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