NBA Playoffs 2018: Celtics take Game 1 over Bucks in overtime thriller

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Tatum blocked a corner 3-pointer, Horford grabbed the rebound, and Rozier went to the line for a 110-106 lead with 18.8 seconds to play.

The Boston Celtics didn't turn any heads on Sunday, but they came away with a Game 1 win anyway.

Leading up to that, the Celtics had a 10-point advantage, before Malcolm Brogdon connected ona triple with 10 seconds remaining to tie it up at 96-96. Rozier took the inbounds pass and faked a drive to the lane on Bucks Eric Bledsoe, who had no chance to get back to Rozier before the shot.

But the Celtics did win 55 games this season for a reason.

Middleton scored 31 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 35 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out with 13 seconds left in overtime, for the Bucks.

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Already without injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, the Celtics also began their playoff push without defensive centerpiece Marcus Smart (right thumb surgery). Al Horford is averaging 24 points and 12 rebounds while Jayson Tatum is averaging 19 points and four assists.

The "kids" on the squad came through on the big stage as Rozier scored eight of his 23 points in overtime, Jaylen Brown scored 20 points while playing nearly 46 minutes, and rookie Jayson Tatum scored 19 points to go with 10 rebounds in 44 minutes.

As the Bucks get set for Game 2 on Tuesday in Boston, Antetokounmpo is hopeful that his team can clean up the mistakes that forced it into such a precarious position in the first place. The Bucks lack the scoring depth to beat good teams consistently, and you really can't ask for better play from Antetokounmpo and Middleton.

Antetokounmpo made one of two free throws at the 14.8 mark, and then committed his sixth and final foul fighting for a loose ball with Rozier, who made one of two free throws with 13 ticks to go.

Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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