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While Antetokounmpo elevates in Game 2, Celtics can't compensate on defense

The Celtics fell behind by as much as 31 points in the third quarter after a closely fought first half.
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Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving tries to shoot in traffic during the second half of Game 2 of a second round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Khris Middleton made seven of Milwaukee's 20 3-pointers, and the Bucks beat the Boston Celtics 123-102 on Tuesday night to even their second-round playoff series at a game apiece.

Antetokounmpo bounced back from a sub-par performance in Game 1, repeatedly attacking the rim with powerful drives to the basket. He went 7 for 16 from the floor and 13 of 18 at the foul line.

Middleton finished with 28 points for Milwaukee, which went 20 for 47 from beyond the arc. Eric Bledsoe added 21 points and five assists.

The Bucks led by as many as 31 points after a closely played opening half. Game 3 is Friday night in Boston.

Marcus Morris paced Boston with 17 points. Jaylen Brown had 16, and Al Horford finished with 15.