Bloody Giannis explodes as clutch Holiday helps Bucks steal NBA thriller

The Milwaukee Bucks rode a 40-point showing from Giannis Antetokounmpo and clutch defensive plays from Jrue Holiday to score a stunning 110-107 comeback win over the Boston Celtics.

The victory sees the Bucks take a 3-2 series lead and will have home court advantage for Game 6.

Holiday, who finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, came up with a game-winning block and steal on Marcus Smart to ice the comeback.

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The Celtics led by 14 points at one point and now will have to travel to Milwaukee needing to win with Khris Middleton eyeing a return.

Middleton has missed the entire series with a knee injury but is a chance of returning for Game 6.

Boston’s dynamic duo of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum combined for 60 points but even that was not enough.

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The Bucks were electric from deep early, hitting three 3-pointers in the opening five minutes to level the amount they made in Game 2 at Madison Square Garden.

That saw Milwaukee take an early 11-10 lead with seven minutes remaining in the first, with Holiday shooting 3-for-5 from the field to put up seven points by that point of the game.

Holiday continued to help power the Milwaukee offence, only made even more important with Antetokounmpo struggling (1-for-4, for points and two turnovers).

The Bucks had to generate their own points on the offensive end because the Celtics were not giving them any piggybacks, finishing the first quarter without any turnovers or fast-break points conceded.

The Celtics had a strong lead but fell away late. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Milwaukee still maintained a 28-26 lead after the first, with Holiday (9 points) leading the way followed by Grayson Allen (five points) and Antetokounmpo (four).

Boston was quick to fight back in the second though, going on a few early extended runs to go up 51-38 with just under four minutes remaining in the quarter.

By that point Milwaukee had made nine turnovers, which had directly led to 11 Boston points.

Antetokounmpo stepped up when the Bucks needed him most to score 15 of Milwaukee’s 19 points in the second quarter as the Celtics took a 54-47 lead into the half.

The Bucks had only shot 4-for-16 from downtown at that point while Tatum was starting to catch fire for the Celtics, finishing the half with 16 points to go with five rebounds and three assists.

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Frustrations started to boil over for Celtics coach Ime Udoka after the Bucks kickstarted the third quarter with an 8-1 run to draw within three points.

That timeout drew an immediate response from Boston, who went on a 7-4 run of its own as Brown stepped up in a big way in the third.

The 25-year-old scored or assisted on 25 of 32 third-quarter points as the Celtics entered the final stanza with a 86-77 lead.

You still got the sense this game was not over just yet and a trio of 3-pointers and Antetokounmpo dunk had the Celtics calling a timeout to try halt the Bucks’ momentum.

But Milwaukee just could not miss from 3-point land in the fourth, draining all six attempts to draw level at 105-105 heading into the final 30 seconds.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was big down the stretch. Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images/AFPSource: AFP

Even with blood dripping down his face, Antetokounmpo came up clutch with the game-tying 3-pointer to set up a thrilling finish.

Both sides traded free throws before Antetokounmpo missed his second attempt, seemingly giving Boston the edge until a crucial offensive rebound from Bobby Portis.

The 27-year-old then hit the go-ahead shot to put the Bucks in front for the first time since the second quarter.

Milwaukee would hold on as a clutch block from Holiday denied Marcus Smart before stealing the ball off him late to seal the deal.

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