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Marcus Smart gets ovation in return to Celtics

Marcus Smart gets ovation in return to Celtics

The C's topped their Eastern Conference foes, 92-87, before a sold-out crowd of 18,624 at TD Garden Tuesday night to gain a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

TIP-INS - Bucks: F John Henson missed his third straight game with back soreness.

For the Bucks, Khris Middleton led all scorers with 23 points. It was unquestionably a defensive-minded switch, and Ojeleye delivered with 31 strong minutes (5 points on just three shots to go with 7 rebounds).

Milwaukee cut it down to four with just over a minute left before a clear shot clock violation on the Celtics went uncalled, leading to Boston getting an extra possession late.

Guard Marcus Smart returned to the active lineup Tuesday night after missing the last six weeks with an injured right thumb.

Ojeleye didn't know he was definitively starting until 25 minutes before the game.

The injury occurred during a March 11 game against the Indiana Pacers when he dove to the ground for a loose ball. While he was playing, Smart did Smart things.




"If he does play, we're prepared for that, and if he doesn't, obviously we've played a few games here without him", said Joe Prunty, Bucks' head coach. That continued in Game 5.

Terry Rozier added 16 points and five assists for Boston. It started in the first half, when he pulled his star for way too long.

"Yeah, I mean, Giannis is a heck of a player", Stevens said.

Rozier and Eric Bledsoe got tangled up with 9:33 left in the third quarter. Brogdon's absence was especially confusing considering the play of Bledsoe.

Below is the clip of the violation, which seems to be an obvious one. The ball clearly was still on Horford's hand after the timer expired to the point that multiple Bucks stopped playing on the play. I just know what I said, it's a shot clock violation. They now have a 3-2 advantage and can close it out in Game 6. "So just - we got to forget about that one".

A Boston time-out was just what the Celtics needed to re-focus and return to the floor re-energized to withstand the Bucks and their attempts at a fourth-quarter comeback. Instead, they put themselves in the position where one call changed everything.

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