Boston Celtics hold off Milwaukee Bucks in buzzer-beating thriller

Boston Celtics hold off Milwaukee Bucks in buzzer-beating thriller

But before the Celtics could take the game in the extra minutes, it was a close final seconds of regular time. Middleton had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

After a tremendous end to the first, the Celtics quickly went quiet on offense and melted down on defense, watching their lead quickly evaporate. Can the young Bucks stun the Celtics in the opening round? Even with the injuries, the Celtics have still been a strong defensive team, and there's little doubt that end of the floor will be a problem.

Whether they will need it to beat the Bucks is another story.

But Oladipo was a much more average player after the All-Star break this season, dropping in scoring (from 24.4 points before the break to 20.3 after), rebounds (5.3 to 4.9) and shooting (48.4 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from the 3-point line to 46.0 percent and 34.2).

The Celtics led 99-96 with 0.5 seconds left in regulation when Middleton took an inbounds pass on the far right wing and hit a contested 35-footer.

Brown and Morris each played crucial roles in the third, notching down seven points each.

BC-BKN-Bucks-Celtics, 1st Ld-Writethru, 828Celtics survive wild finish, hold off Bucks 113-107 in OTAP Photo MAMD121, MAMD113, MAMD122Eds: Celtics 113, Bucks 107, OT.

Irving had been hindered with knee soreness this season and underwent surgery to remove a support wire in his knee, which later turned into an infection and led to a second surgery to remove two screws from the same knee and is expected to be out four to five months. "Hopefully in Game 2 I won't play on my heels and I'll play more on my toes and be able to defend without fouling".

The Boston Celtics have received a boost with Marcus Smart saying he will "definitely" be fit for the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

After the Bucks hit a 3-pointer to tie the game with just seconds remaining, Terry Rozier appeared to play the role of hero for Boston when he put a handsome move on a defender and knocked down a three of his own.

The Bucks are implementing a "blackout" of the BMO Harris Bradley Center during their series with Boston, wearing black, using their black "Fear the Deer" court and encouraging fans to wear black, giving away black t-shirts for games three and four.

Game 2 is Tuesday night at TD Garden.