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Celtics fall into the swath the Bucks are cutting across the league

Jaylen Brown's sprained thumb left the Celtics shorthanded against the NBA's top team.
Credit: AP Photo/Morry Gash
Milwaukee Bucks' Eric Bledsoe is fouled by Boston Celtics' Semi Ojeleye during the first half of a game Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 17 rebounds, Khris Middleton scored 23 points and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Boston Celtics 128-123 on Thursday night. 

With the victory, the NBA-leading Bucks extended their winning streak to five games. 

Kemba Walker scored a game-high 40 points to lead the Celtics, who took the floor without Jaylen Brown. The 6-foot-6 forward suffered a sprained right thumb in a 13-point loss to Detroit on Wednesday.