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RECAP: Bucks close out Celtics, reach first East Finals since 2001

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks will now move on to their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance since 2001 after taking down the Boston Celtics in Game 5, 116-91.

The Bucks, who only lost to the Celtics in Game 1, won four straight games to close out the series in five games.

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.

The top-seeded Bucks will now wait for the winner of the Toronto Raptors-Philadelphia 76ers series. The second-seeded Raps currently lead that matchup, 3-2.