The Milwaukee Bucks might have been considered the favorite heading into the Eastern Conference semi-final series against the Boston Celtics, but the #4 seed took the first game of the series in a blowout win on Sunday.
Boston beat the Bucks 112-90 in Game 1 of the series at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee to take a 1-0 early advantage in the high-octane matchup.
The Celtics’ win was their fifth consecutive victory to open the playoffs after they swept the Indiana Pacers 4-0 in the first round.
Milwaukee had a rough day shooting, making only 31 of 89 shot attempts from the field, one of their worst performances of the season. The Celtics were able to slow down the Bucks’ offense and MVP frontrunner Giannis Antetokounmpo to the tune of a 7-21 shooting performance and only 24 points.
Point guard Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with a stellar 26 point and 11 assist game. Al Horford and Jayson Tatum each chipped in with solid performances of their own, adding 20 and 19 points, respectively.
Boston was considered to be an underdog going into this matchup, but their win in Game 1 gives them an advantage going forward.
Game 2 of the series will be played on Tuesday night.