Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Marcus Smart steals the ball from Giannis Antetokounmpo

Marcus Smart steals the ball from Giannis Antetokounmpo

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, left, of Cameroon, talks with Rapper Meek Mill, right, during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat, Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Al Horford had a double-double and Terry Rozier added 16 points, as the Celtics held on for a 92-87 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Tuesday's Game 5 matchup.

Smart, returning to action for the first time since March 11, had nine points, five rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes. He played 25 minutes wearing a protective splint and had a key assist to Horford late from the bottom of a scrum beneath three Milwaukee players.

Boston's played with a lead for all of the second quarter, peaking at 16 points before settling on a 48-37 halftime lead which ended with a pair of Smart free throws.

Horford has been the Celtics' quiet leader this postseason, and Smart might be the kindling Boston was missing in back-to-back losses in Milwaukee. Embiid then pulled him in for a hug as confetti rained on the court, team flags waved around them and the promise of a rowdy late-night celebration was on deck. That marks the fourth time in five games that they have hit at least 10 triples. The SMU product drew the assignment of trying to bother Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, and he performed admirably, holding the phenom to 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting.

"It's on me. I had open shots, but they wasn't my shots", Antetokounmpo said. Per Inpredictable, the Bucks' win probability if they'd been awarded possession would've been 5.2 percent.

The missed call certainly wasn't the only reason the Bucks lost this game.

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Milwaukee had won the last two games at home before losing on the road for the third time this series. "Tonight we had too many lapses where we just didn't want it as bad as they did".

The Celtics got their next boost from a Horford 3-pointer with 7:14 left for a 77-70 lead.

Rozier and Eric Bledsoe got tangled up with 9:33 left in the third quarter.

If Milwaukee just got reasonable production from its role players they would have gone back home up 3-2.

Bledsoe was assessed a flagrant foul and Rozier was issued a technical foul.

Boston went on a 14-4 run to close out the first, to take a, 23-15, lead into the second. Bledsoe has since responded by saying "Who?" whenever he's asked about Rozier. "That's the rules of the game and we just got to play through that".

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