Giannis, Bucks Ripped for ‘Terrible’ Game 2 Loss vs. Jaylen Brown, Celtics

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The Milwaukee Bucks looked downright unbeatable during a 12-point victory in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics.

Not so much in Game 2.

A desperate Boston team salvaged a split in the first two games at home with a 109-86 victory Tuesday. The Celtics wasted no time setting the tone while jumping out to a 25-point halftime lead and rode that cushion all the way to a win against a Bucks squad that looked “terrible” at times.

Myron Medcalf @MedcalfByESPN

I really don’t know what the Bucks can take or learn from this game. They look terrible. Get on the plane and get ready for Game 3.

Josiah Johnson @KingJosiah54

Bucks fans right now pic.twitter.com/ObMxoE6Jiz

Even without Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart, the Celtics won the game with their early defense. Grant Williams and Al Horford in particular stood out as they formed a wall around the rim and bodied Giannis Antetokounmpo as he scored just five points on 2-of-12 shooting before halftime.

KENNY BEECHAM @KOT4Q

This is the worst half of basketball I’ve seen from Giannis

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops

Not sure I’ve seen anyone defend Giannis better in a half than Grant Williams just did.

Can’t believe I just typed that.

Marc D’Amico @Marc_DAmico

Grant Williams is a beast man. There are few players in the league who can handle Giannis’ strength. Grant is absolutely one of them.

buckets @buckets

giannis posting up grant williams today pic.twitter.com/8U7z7kc6WN

Michael Pina @MichaelVPina

grant williams should ask and receive the max

Bill Simmons @BillSimmons

The defense in this game is flat out incredible.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Tatum steal and slam 😤 pic.twitter.com/Xc0fW6Zhg6

The two-time MVP figured things out in the second half and finished with 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, but it was Jaylen Brown’s star power that shone through when the game was still hanging in the balance in the early going.

He poured in 17 points in the first quarter alone on his way to 30 while dropping Grayson Allen to the ground and bouncing back from a 12-point and seven-turnover performance in Game 1.

LeBron James @KingJames

JB cooking!! And that was nasty 🤮🤮🤮

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

JAYLEN BROWN DROPS GRAYSON ALLEN 💀 pic.twitter.com/BxSvY4xlCl

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

⛸⛸⛸ pic.twitter.com/RuUViHUcbw

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Jaylen Brown’s 17 points in the 1st quarter are the most he has tallied in a quarter in his postseason career.

Brown’s 17 points and 6 made FG in the 1st quarter are more than he had in all of Game 1. pic.twitter.com/LWjwne70PW

StatMuse @statmuse

Jaylen Brown at the half:

25 PTS
9-10 FG
5-5 3P

He has more than double the threes the Bucks have as a team (2). pic.twitter.com/rnTeMksHMV

NBA @NBA

Jaylen Brown drains the 3 for his 25th point of the first half!

5/5 from deep for JB 🎯#NBAPlayoffs presented by Google Pixel on TNT pic.twitter.com/n89uypMHwd

While the Celtics still lost home-court advantage by falling short in Game 1, they now have some momentum on their side as the series shifts to Milwaukee for Saturday’s Game 3.

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