BOSTON — The Milwaukee Bucks understand the math. They know three points are greater than two. In fact, over the first seven games of the season, they built their offense around that premise with everyone on the court encouraged to let shots fly from beyond the arc.
That math problem was Milwaukee's undoing on Thursday night, though, as the Bucks got a taste of their own medicine. The Boston Celtics set a franchise record with 24 3-pointers on 55 attempts on the way to a 117-113 victory at TD Garden that knocked Milwaukee from the ranks of the unbeaten and reinforced the narrative that the Celtics are the team to beat in the East.
As unbalanced as the equation was with the Bucks scoring 62 points in the paint and going just 9-of-29 from long range, Milwaukee had plenty of chances to tie or win the game. The Bucks trailed by as many as 15 heading into the fourth quarter, but used a 12-0 run to open the period to make things competitive again.
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