The Rundown: Bucks stop shorthanded Celtics, win 11th straight

Published February 15, 2023, 2:00 PMJC Ansis

The Milwaukee Bucks extended their winning streak to 11 games after beating the undermanned Boston Celtics at home.


Raptors 123, Magic 113
Bucks 131, Celtics 125 OT
Suns 120, Kings 109
Wizards 126, Blazers 101
Clippers 134, Warriors 124

What went down

There was much hype surrounding the Bucks-Celtics matchup considering these were the two top teams in the East that could potentially meet in the conference finals.

But the Celtics played this game missing four of their top six players, including Jayson Tatum. Despite that, they still gave the Bucks a tough time. Boston ended the third period with a 95-90 lead, but Milwaukee was able to handle their business in the fourth quarter, going up by 3 in the final seconds of regulation.

The Celtics, though, were able to force overtime after Sam Hauser knocked down a triple with three seconds left. Boston took a five-point advantage in the extra session, but Milwaukee scored the final seven points of the game to get the win.

Jrue Holiday was the high man for the Bucks today with a season-high 40 points, anchored on eight 3s. He also had five rebounds, seven assists, and three steals.

Milwaukee is now on an 11-game winning streak, its longest since 2019, and is only a half-game behind the Celtics for the best record in the league.

Big-time baller

Holiday was great today but the Bucks wouldn't pull out a win if not for Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Greek Freak was one assist shy of a triple-double, registering 36 points, 13 boards, and nine dimes, to go along with two blocks.

Antetokounmpo is averaging 37.2 points per game during the Bucks' 11-game win streak, which is the highest scoring average during a team's 11-game win streak in NBA history.

Honorable shoutout goes to Jacob Poeltl, who notched 30 points, nine rebounds, and six (!!!) blocks in the Raptors' win over the Magic.

What he said

The Phoenix Suns are instant title contenders on paper with the acquisition of Kevin Durant. But how will that translate onto the court? Shaq and Candace Parker shared their insights:

Did you see that?

KD has yet to make his debut with the Suns but the home crowd today showed their excitement and appreciation for having him in Phoenix.