Celtics Defeat Bucks 112-108 in OT!
Boston won its third straight after squandering a 16-point second half lead and a 42-point first quarter, its best of the season.
"I thought we played pretty darn well, to be honest, and then defensively and in the overtime I thought we were excellent," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.
Gerald Green's 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter gave Boston a 42-27 lead. It was the most points for Boston in any quarter this season. Green finished with 5 points.
Crowder scored four of his 20 points on free throws in the final 28 seconds of overtime and Isaiah Thomas had 37 points to help the Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 112-108 on Saturday night.
"It's always special when I come here and we get a win," said Crowder, who played at Marquette. "I see a lot of familiar faces around the building, including the ushers, stuff like that. It's always a great feeling to come back."
Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 21 points, and Greg Monroe had 14 points and 13 rebounds. The Bucks have lost three in a row and eight of nine.
Boston built a six-point lead in overtime, but Tony Snell hit consecutive 3s to tie it at 108. Crowder made two free throws on the ensuing possession with 28 seconds to go and two more to seal it with 10 seconds left after Antetokounmpo missed a contested shot in the lane.
Thomas has scored 20 or more in 31 straight games and 30 or more 16 times this season.
Crowder said it was an important lesson for the Celtics for the future.
"The playoffs, it's not going to be easy, we can't depend on him to do everything in the playoffs on the offensive end," Crowder said. "That's what good teams find a way to do, they find a way to score and a way to get a win without their offensive threat."
- Al Horford (sore groin) did not travel with the team.
- Avery Bradley (sore right Achilles' tendon) missed his sixth straight game.
Celtics host Detroit on Monday night to begin a four-game homestand.