Baynes, Celtics bat­ter Bucks

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ARON Baynes’ Bos­ton Celtics are just two wins away from elim­i­nat­ing the Mil­wau­kee Bucks from the NBA play­offs af­ter dominating game two of their firstround se­ries.

The Celtics won 120-106 in Bos­ton yes­ter­day to take a 2-0 lead.

Mil­wau­kee will host games three and four and Celtics coach Brad Stevens warned his play­ers not to re­lax.

“If we don’t play with an edge we will get beat by 30, so we bet­ter play with an edge, play com­pet­i­tive and be tough,” he said.

Queens­lan­der Baynes did play with an edge, with four of his six re­bounds on the of­fen­sive end. Baynes also had six points and two blocks.

Celtics guard Jaylen Brown led the way with 30 points and five other Bos­ton play­ers scored in dou­ble fig­ures.

Bucks All-Star Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo had 30 points, nine re­bounds and eight as­sists but had lit­tle help, par­tic­u­larly from start­ing guards Eric Bled­soe and Tony Snell who com­bined for 14 points.

It could open the way for more court time for Mil­wau­kee’s Aus­tralian Matthew Dellave­dova who, af­ter miss­ing 44 reg­u­lar sea­son games with knee and an­kle in­juries, is be­ing eased back into the ro­ta­tion.

In yes­ter­day’s other East­ern Con­fer­ence play­offs match-up the top-seeded Toronto Rap­tors took a 2-0 lead over the Wash­ing­ton Wizards with a 130-119 win.

Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan matched his ca­reer post-sea­son high with 37 points and cen­tre Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas had 19 points and 14 re­bounds.

IT’S MINE: Bos­ton Celtics cen­tre Aron Baynes (46) eyes a re­bound against Mil­wau­kee Bucks guard Tony Snell in game two of their NBA play­off se­ries. Pic­ture: AP

ON BOARD: Mika Vukona.

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