Lake Buena Vista (Florida, USA), Jul 31 (EFE) .- The stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic has not changed the supremacy of the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference after tonight, with the power forward. Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo, a great leader, beat the Boston Celtics 119-112.
Although he had problems with the personals, Antetokounmpo emerged as the star of the game by contributing a double-double of 36 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.
The victory left the Bucks 54-12, the best in the Eastern Conference, they are one more to secure it for the second consecutive season, and the league.
With the score 108-107 in favor of the Bucks, Antetokounmpo made a penetration to the basket, which was initially indicated as an offensive foul, but the referees reviewed the play and gave it to the Celtics base, Marcus Smart.
The Greek international power forward scored both free throws for the 110-107 quarter and then forward Khris Middleton made a triple that extended the lead to six points, which would be decisive.
Middleton contributed 18 points as the Bucks’ second highest scorer, who played without guard Eric Bledsoe and guard Pat Connaughton, who remain in quarantine while recovering from the coronavirus infection.
While the tall man Marvin Williams was short after suffering a muscle pull in the left groin.
Smart finished with 23 points as the Celtics’ leading scorer and shooting guard Jaylen Brown had another 22, but starting forward Jayson Tatum did not have his best night back in the competition and only scored two shots from the 18 that made him they left with five goals.
The base Kemba Walker scored 16 points in the 19 minutes that saw action, without the end could be a winning factor, while recovering from the pain he suffers in the right knee.
Forward Gordon Hayward scored 17 points, and German power forward Daniel Theis scored a double-double of 13 goals and 12 rebounds that also did not prevent the Celtics’ defeat, the eighth (3-8) in 11 duels that both Teams have held in the past two seasons, including playoff games.
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