Bucks beat Celtics, ad­vance to East fi­nal

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MIL­WAU­KEE — Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo had

20 points, eight re­bounds and eight as­sists, and the Mil­wau­kee Bucks routed the Bos­ton Celtics 116-91 on Wed­nes­day night to ad­vance to the Eastern Con­fer­ence fi­nal.

The top-seeded Bucks placed seven players in dou­ble fig­ures in their fourth straight win after drop­ping the se­ries opener. Khris Mid­dle­ton had 19 points and eight re­bounds, and Eric Bled­soe fin­ished with 18 points.

Next up for the Bucks is the win­ner of the Philadel­phia-Toronto se­ries. The Rap­tors are up 3-2 head­ing into Game 6 on Thurs­day night.

It’s the first Eastern Con­fer­ence fi­nal for Mil­wau­kee since 2001.

Kyrie Irv­ing scored 15 points for Bos­ton, which shot 31.2% from the field. Jayson Ta­tum and Mar­cus Mor­ris each had 14.

The Celtics clamped down on An­te­tok­oun­mpo for most of the game, but Mid­dle­ton, Bled­soe, Ge­orge Hill and Nikola Mirotic picked up the scor­ing to help rob the game of any drama in the fi­nal min­utes.

Hill fin­ished with 16 points, and Mirotic had 10 points and 11 re­bounds. Malcolm Brog­don also had

10 points in his re­turn to the lineup after be­ing side­lined by plan­tar fasci­itis.

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