Within the fourth quarter in Boston on Sunday, Antetokounmpo — with a defender draped throughout him — had picked up his dribble and was struggling to discover a teammate.
However somewhat than attempting a speculative shot or go the ball off, the ‘Greek Freak’ turned in direction of the basket, threw the ball off the backboard earlier than slamming residence to finish the solo alley-oop.
The explosive show of athleticism gave the Milwaukee Bucks a 94-78 lead late within the fourth quarter and was the crowning second of the staff’s 101-89 victory over the Boston Celtics in Recreation 1 of their best-of-seven playoff collection.
When he was requested in regards to the electrifying second, the two-time MVP mentioned it was his technique of getting himself out of a jam.
“I threw it to the backboard,” he mentioned. “I am fortunate sufficient that God blessed me with the power to leap. I had a very good bounce to go get it once more and I used to be capable of end the play.”
It was one other addition to the 27-year-old’s already spectacular spotlight reel, as he proved a menace for the Celtics all night.
He completed with a triple-double — the second within the postseason of his profession — with 24 factors, 13 rebounds and 12 assists.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer confirmed his appreciation for Antetokounmpo’s solo alley-oop, saying it’s “simply pure expertise, simply pure intuition.”
“He is an important participant. He does issues which are distinctive and particular and well timed,” Budenholzer mentioned. “That is a kind of performs the place you are comfortable he is on our facet.”
Jrue Vacation had 25 factors and 10 rebounds because the reigning champion Bucks used their bodily protection to stifle the surging Celtics, who have been coming off a sweep of the Brooklyn Nets within the final spherical of the playoffs.
The Celtics’ two stars — Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown — have been held to simply 21 and 12 factors respectively, capturing a mixed 10-for-31 within the sport.
With the Bucks’ size and physicality shutting down the Celtics close to the basket, Boston shot 50 three-pointers, making simply 18 and capturing 33.3% from the sphere as a staff.
“Offensively, not our greatest night time. I believed we guarded effectively sufficient,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka mentioned. “To lose a 12-point sport once we shot so poorly bodes effectively for us. In a method, it is good to get this dud out of the best way, offensively.”
The groups will face off once more Boston for Recreation 2 on Tuesday.