In a rematch of the 2018 Eastern Conference Semifinals, Gordon Hayward and the Boston Celtics got some revenge last night as they defeated the Milwaukee Bucks with an epic come-from-behind 116-105 victory. The C’s overcame a 16-point halftime deficit to seal their third consecutive win.
G-Time was dominant in every aspect of his game Wednesday night. Hayward scored 21 points while shooting 9-for-17 from the field and 3-for-6 from long distance, and he grabbed a team-high and a personal season-high 10 rebounds against Milwaukee, making this Gordon’s first 20-point, 10-rebound game as a Celtic.
Gordon didn’t stop there, however, as he dished out a game-high seven assists, and he was also credited with a steal and a block during his 38 minutes of live action.
The strength and star power of this Celtics team showed on Wednesday night, as Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart also turned in stellar performances in the comeback win.
Walker tallied a game-high 32 points, eclipsing the 30-point mark for the second consecutive game, and added six rebounds and six assists. Tatum poured in 25 points, and Smart added 19 points and six assists in a total team effort to top one of the East’s elite teams.
For the C’s, the turning point of the game was the third quarter. During that span, Boston outscored Milwaukee by 20 – thanks in large part to shooting 54.2 percent as a team during the quarter. That same quarter saw Tatum contribute 11 points while G-Time added 10 points of his own.
Another key to the Celtics’ success tonight was the way they were able to limit Bucks’ star and reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. The C’s limited Antetokounmpo to just 13 shots and 22 points, which forced Milwaukee to find other offensive options.
After the game, Kemba said that Boston’s toughness has been the biggest takeaway for him through these first four contests of 2019.
“Were tough. We’re not going to shy away when things go wrong. We’ll win as a team and we’ll lose as a team,” said Walker.
It may only be game four, but the impact of dramatic comeback wins such as this cannot be overlooked, and this win will certainly build confidence and momentum as the season continues to unfold.
Hayward and the rest of his Celtics teammates will be back in action Friday as they welcome the New York Knicks to TD Garden. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET, and the game can be seen on NBC Sports Boston.