A gritty overtime win
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Once the game got to overtime, everybody was clearly tired. Al Horford (44 minutes), Jayson Tatum (44 minutes), Jaylen Brown (45 minutes), and Terry Rozier (40 minutes) were giving every ounce of effort.
On the other end, Giannis Antetokounmpo (44 minutes) and Khris Middleton (47 minutes) weren’t slouching. Welcome to the playoffs, don’t get used to the bench.
In the extra period, Giannis was just as scary. A tomahawk dunk early put the Bucks up two, and based off the defensive effort on the play the Celtics were out of gas. Terry Rozier’s three at the end of regulation seemed like their last punch.
However, it was Rozier again with a three that put the Celtics ahead. Then, with Boston up one, Jayson Tatum made two plays to seal a victory.
First, he made an impossible layup driving to his left using his right hand over the Greek Freak. You know, just a casual off balance layup leaning away from the basket over a guy with a 7-foot winspan.
Then, he saved two points on the other end with a block on Malcolm Brogdon. Sorry, Milwaukee. Jayson Tatum had something to say about you coming into Boston and leaving with a win.
Giannis would foul out, the Celtics made their free throws, Boston would lead for the rest of the game and take home the win. Everybody chipped in for a team true win.
On a cold day in Beantown, the fans put on their mittens and trotted out into the city with smiles on their faces. You can’t ask for anything more.
Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Terry Rozier, Marcus Morris and the crew took home a big Game 1 victory. Game 2 is on Tuesday, and although it probably won’t be exciting as the premier I would suggest you still watch.