Bucks, Warriors try to close out second-round series at home

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks want to build off the momentum from a thrilling comeback and the Golden State Warriors seek to put an embarrassing loss behind them as both teams attempt to clinch their second-round series. Both own 3-2 lead in their respective series and are at home Friday for Game 6. The … Read more

Horford, Tatum help Celtics even series with 116-108 victory

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Al Horford and Jayson Tatum scored 30 points apiece and led the Boston Celtics’ fourth-quarter comeback in a 116-108 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night that tied their Eastern Conference semifinal at two games apiece. The two teams have alternated victories in this best-of-seven series, which continues Wednesday with Game … Read more

Bucks edge Celtics 103-101 after frantic final second

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo found a way to get better shots and recapture his peak form just in time to help the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks regain the lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. But it was the Boston Celtics’ bad timing that made the difference in the end. Antetokounmpo bounced back from a … Read more

Long breaks between games gives playoff teams time to heal

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The quirks of scheduling for the NBA playoffs created three-day breaks between games in the Boston-Milwaukee and Memphis-Golden State series. In this case, the teams don’t mind the delays too much. They have used the time off to get healthier and deal with unexpected roster changes. “It’s beneficial in a lot of … Read more

Bucks forward Khris Middleton out at least 2 more games

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton will miss at least two more games in the Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Boston Celtics as he recovers from a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Middleton hasn’t played since injuring his knee in Game 2 of the Bucks’ five-game, first-round victory win … Read more

Tougher challenge awaits defending champ Bucks in 2nd round

MILWAUKEE (AP) — After a bumpy beginning to their postseason, the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks rediscovered their championship form in plenty of time to dispose of the Chicago Bulls in their opening-round series. They likely won’t make it past the next round unless they’re playing at this level right from the start. The Bucks next … Read more

Bucks rout Bulls 116-100 in Game 5, advance face Celtics

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points and nine rebounds and the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks routed the Chicago Bulls 116-100 on Wednesday night to finish off the first-round series in five games. The third-seeded Bucks advanced to face second-seeded Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals, with Game 1 on Sunday in Boston. … Read more

Bucks rout Bulls 116-100 in Game 5, advance to face Celtics

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks continue to produce in the postseason even without key performers. The Chicago Bulls simply don’t have that kind of depth or playoff savvy. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points and nine rebounds and the Bucks routed the Bulls 116-100 on Wednesday night to finish off their first-round … Read more

Antetokounmpo eager to win title a ‘second time, third time’

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo acknowledges there is pressure in the NBA playoffs and after winning the first title, “your mind wants to win a second or third time.” Antetokounmpo, a top contender for MVP again this season, likes to compare playing basketball to creating a work of art and will attempt … Read more

Giannis, Holiday help Bucks rally past Celtics 127-121

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday each scored 29 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Boston Celtics 127-121 on Thursday to take second place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Bucks (50-30) scored the final nine points of the game to move up a half-game ahead of the Celtics (50-31) and a … Read more