Milwaukee trails Boston 2-0 in the series after losing 113-107 in overtime in Game 1 and 120-106 in Game 2.
Perhaps the presence of new minority owner Aaron Rodgers brought the Bucks some luck, but whatever the case, they played with the necessary desperation while trying to dig out of a hole. Tyler Zeller or Thon Maker will likely get the start. Eric Bledsoe and Jabari Parker each added 17 for the energized Bucks, who held the Celtics without a field goal for almost an 11-minute stretch of the first half.
Milwaukee never took the foot off the gas. We did not do that and there were several factors that went into why we didn't.
Antetokounmpo led all players with nine points in the opening 12 minutes.
The Celtics had yet to clear the 40 percent shooting mark, though they were close at 39.7.
When they defend the way they did on Friday night against the Boston Celtics, they're almost unstoppable. While there was some natural regression to the mean, the Bucks' defense deserves a lot of credit for it.
Game 4 is Sunday in Milwaukee. Middleton had eight points in the fourth.
"Obviously it was all in the first half", he said.More news: 'Smallville' actress arrested, charged with sex trafficking in 'guru to stars' case
With the Celtics' backcourt now banged up, Rozier is tasked upon by Boston to handle most of the point guard duties while Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart remain on the sidelines. Brown had a few nifty buckets, but he only had 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting. "Nobody on the team can do that, especially at my position". He poured in 14 points and spaced the floor by hitting three of his four 3-point attempts.
Dellavedova had played only four minutes in the two losses and Maker just one minute, but the Bucks' interim coach, Joe Prunty, unleashed the Australians in the first quarter and the result was stunning. Al Horford had 16 points to lead Boston. He finished around the basket with authority and made all six of his shots at the rim.
Boston's best run came in the third quarter. Brad Stevens didn't have many silver linings to highlight after it ended. That's a huge win, and the Bucks should be thrilled that Parker finally found his groove.
With Parker largely riding the pine, most of the playing time has gone to Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Tony Snell thus far in the series.
Colorful comments made by Rozier and Bledsoe earlier in the series fueled speculation that there might be a budding feud between the point guards. "Defensively I didn't think we were great, but offensively we were horrendous in the first".
He later explained, "Our job is to go out and get Game 3 just like it was to go out and get Game 1 and get Game 2". Kevin Love added 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting.
He's been a particular source of frustration for Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe. We gotta come out and we gotta match it.