Khris Middleton hits insane shot to put Bucks, Celtics into OT

The Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves will decide the final playoff spot on Wednesday

The Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves will decide the final playoff spot on Wednesday

"So I'll be playing like that when I come back for a while, for probably the next couple of months". Middleton had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

He also didn't rule out a return earlier than Game 7, assuming his check-ups go well.

After a tremendous end to the first, the Celtics quickly went quiet on offense and melted down on defense, watching their lead quickly evaporate.

The Celtics took their first step toward shattering the belief they can't win without their biggest stars. Since the All-Star break, they have been a sub.500 team at 12-13, and they will need to turn around their form if they want to challenge the Celts.

In the final moments, however, the Celtics showed some important life, going on a 6-2 run in the final 1:37 to cut into the lead. As for the Bucks, they finished with a record of 44-38. Only Russell Westbrook and LeBron James had more fast-break points this season, but Antetokounmpo's 1.20 points per possession in transition was more efficient than both of them.

Boston shot 41.5% from the floor and hit 11 out of 26 attempts from downtown (42.3%), and made 24 out of 27 shots from the free-throw line (88.9%), while they committed 15 turnovers in opposite to Milwaukee's 20. The Greek Freak has scored at least 28 points in every game against Boston in 2017/18 to average 33.5 points on 53.9% shooting. Less than one second remained on the clock.

The Celtics can beat these teams and advance to the Eastern Conference finals, but it will require everyone performing at a high playoff level and postseason intensity that many of these players just haven't experienced yet.

Antetokounmpo got the line for a three-point game with 14.8 seconds on the clock, but Rozier grabbed the rebound of the second miss and a loose-ball foul was called - with one official overruling the other's jump-ball call - for Antetokounmpo's sixth of the game. But then Middleton responded after a timeout with an insane 35-footer off the inbound to force overtime.

Standing in their way will be the Boston Celtics.

Like the rest of the contest, neither side could create much separation.

The No. 2 Boston Celtics had a hard road to clinch the second seed in the East, and they'll be rewarded by facing off against the No. 7 Milwaukee Bucks.

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