Giannis Antetokounmpo had already picked up his dribble and spent half of a Eurostep when he realized he had nowhere to go along with the ball.

the two-time NBA MVP flicked the ball excessive off the backboard, then adopted it to the rim for a slam dunk.

I threw it to the backboard, he mentioned. I’m fortunate sufficient that God blessed me with the flexibility to leap.

Antetokounmpo had 24 factors, 13 rebounds and 12 assists because the defending NBA champions swiped home-court benefit within the best-of-seven sequence.

That’s simply pure expertise, simply pure intuition, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer mentioned. He’s an ideal participant.

He does issues which are distinctive and particular and well timed. That’s a kind of performs the place you’re glad he’s on our aspect.

Jrue Holiday had 25 factors and 10 rebounds, and Bobby Portis had 15 factors and 11 boards for the Bucks,

Jayson Tatum scored 21 and Jaylen Brown had 12 factors, however the two Boston stars mixed to shoot 10 for 31 within the recreation.

Al Horford added 12 factors and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who fired up 50 3-pointers, making 18, and shot 33% from the ground as a workforce.

To lose a 12-point recreation after we shot so poorly bodes properly for us. In a manner it’s good to get this dud out of the best way, offensively.