On the eve of Thanksgiving, the Milwaukee Bucks faced off with the Boston Celtics for the first time in the 2023-24 regular season. Despite a late offensive surge, the Celtics were able to escape with a 119-116 victory.
The Bucks came out flat, and quickly found themselves down 10-0. Malik Beasley and Brook Lopez had early buckets to help Milwaukee find its footing, but the Celtics held a 29-17 advantage after one. Through the second quarter, the teams traded baskets. Milwaukee had it within 10, but a flurry of buckets spearheaded by Kristaps Porzingis helped Boston take a comfortable 67-53 lead into the half.
In the third, the teams continued to go shot-for-shot, but Boston kept its foot on the gas, and the lead remained in double digits. At the end of the third quarter, Boston held a 94-79 advantage. In the fourth, the Bucks were finally able to chisel Boston’s lead back down to 10 at 112-102. From there, clutch threes by Khris Middleton and Damian Lillard gave the Bucks a shot to upend things late, but the Celtics were able to close it out for a narrow 119-116 victory.
Stat That Stood Out
The comeback in the fourth quarter padded the stats, but it was a pretty dreadful shooting night for the Bucks. Even though the Bucks had 17 more field goal attempts, they had just ONE more made field goal than Boston. The Bucks were able to win the turnover battle, but that doesn’t move the needle as much when you’re not able to turn those opportunities into points.