Jrue Holiday established simply why he’s heading to the All-Star Game for the primary time in a decade.
Holiday matched a profession high with 40 points and made a move-beforehand three-pointer with 25.2 seconds left in time beyond regulation as the Milwaukee Bucks edged the fast-passed Boston Celtics 131-one hundred twenty five on Tuesday for their 11th consecutive victory.
The 32-12 months-vintage Holiday shot 8 of 12 from beyond the arc — along with one from in the back of midcourt that beat the 1/3-region buzzer — to set a profession high for 3-suggestions.
“I don’t surely, I wager, take care of how I’m gambling as long as we’re triumphing,” stated Holiday, who also had seven assists. “For me, so long as we get the win, I’m OK. The best stat I have a look at is turnovers. That’s sort of how I determine if I had an awesome or bad sport. Tonight, what did I actually have, five turnovers? To me, that hurts my soul.”
Holiday will be part of Bucks teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo at Sunday’s All-Star Game at Salt Lake City. It’s the first time Holiday has been decided on considering that he become gambling for Philadelphia in 2013, which marks the longest gap between All-Star appearances in league records.Boston was playing with out each its All-Stars – Jayson Tatum (non-COVID contamination) and Jaylen Brown (facial fracture) – as well as Marcus Smart (sprained right ankle) and Al Horford (swelling in proper knee).
The Celtics still almost earned their 5th immediately win.
“We expected to win that sport,” said Malcolm Brogdon, who scored 26 points. “We went into that sport like we had been going to win, like we were supposed to win. We consider we are the pleasant group at the floor every unmarried night time.”
Boston’s Sam Hauser, a Wisconsin native who had forty pals and circle of relatives contributors within the stands, made a recreation-tying three-pointer with three seconds left in law to force extra time. Boston’s Derrick White then scored the primary five points of time beyond regulation.
The Celtics still had a 5-factor lead with two mins left, however the Bucks scored the final seven factors of the game. The game-ending spurt commenced with Holiday’s go-in advance three-pointer.“On each ends of the court docket, he changed into phenomenal,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I assume his ability to create some turnovers and create stress helped turn it. We went down and he made a few big-time performs that just are very Jrue-like. Special performance by way of him.”
Grant Williams misplaced the ball on Boston’s subsequent possession, Grayson Allen got the thieve and a clear-course foul turned into called at the Celtics with 3.2 seconds left.
Antetokounmpo made the ensuing loose throws and capped the scoring with a dunk on the buzzer.
Antetokounmpo landed awkwardly after an unsuccessful drive to the basket overdue within the fourth sector and lay on the ground for a while before walking slowly back to the bench, however he in no way surely left the sport.