RECAP: Bucks close out Celtics, reach first East Finals since 2001
The Bucks, who only lost to the Celtics in Game 1, won four straight games to close out the series in five games.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) May 9, 2019
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for the Bucks with an all-around effort in the pivotal Game 5, finishing with 20 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two blocks. The Greek Freak also shot 57.1 percent from the field.
Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe stepped up big time as well, chipping in 19 and 18 points respectively. Meanwhile, Malcolm Brogdon made his playoff debut after recovering from injury and marked it with a 10-point, three-rebound and four-assist game.
The Celtics knew it win or go home in Game 5. However, they failed to respond, with Kyrie Irving continuing his shooting slump.
Milwaukee lost Game 1 by 22 points, but that only served as a wake-up call for them. Boston never had a chance in the following matchups, with the Bucks winning three of the next four contest by double-digit margins.