Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Jayson Tatum had 42 points on 16-of-25 shooting and the Boston Celtics (14-14) beat the visiting Milwaukee Bucks (18-11) 117-103 (21-30, 30-20, 34-24, 32-29) on Monday night to snap their three-game skid.

Player of the Game
Jayson  Tatum
EFF
39
Jayson Tatum
Points 42
Accuracy 16-25
Rebounds 5
Assists 4

Tatum connected on 7-of-13 shots from behind the arc and he also tallied five rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Additionally for the Celtics (14-14), Jaylen Brown scored 19 points in his return from injury.

Grant Williams added 17 points and seven rebounds and both Al Horford and Robert Williams III scored 10 apiece for Boston, which was coming off a disappointing 1-4 West Coast road swing. Marcus Smart added a game-high 11 assists.

Brown finished 6-of-13 from the field in 30 minutes after missing the team's entire road trip with a nagging right hamstring strain.

Giannis Antetokounmpo totaled 20 points and eight rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 20 with eight assists for Milwaukee (18-11), which had won two straight and 12 of 14 overall coming in. Pat Connaughton added 15 points and nine boards off the Bucks' bench.

Milwaukee forward Khris Middleton had just four points on 2-of-8 shooting before exiting the game in the third quarter with a hyperextended left knee.

It was the Celtics' second win in as many matchups against the defending NBA champions this season. Boston secured a 122-113 overtime win at home against Milwaukee in its first meeting on Nov. 12.

Boston led 51-50 at halftime and expanded on its lead to go ahead 85-74 entering the fourth quarter. The Celtics led by as many as 18 in a non-competitive final 12 minutes.

The Celtics fell behind by as many as 12 in the second quarter and trailed 44-35 after Antetokounmpo's three-point play with 4:35 remaining before halftime. Boston ended the quarter on a 16-6 run to go up by a point at intermission.

Boston played without guard Josh Richardson (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) and forward Bruno Fernando (back) against Milwaukee. For the Bucks, guards Wesley Matthews (COVID protocols), George Hill (reconditioning), and forward Semi Ojeleye (calf) were all sidelined.

Celtics: Jayson Tatum 42 (9/12 2PT, 7/13 3PT, 5 REB, 4 AST, 3 STL), Jaylen Brown 19 (3/7 3PT, 5 AST), Grant Williams 17 (5/7 3PT, 7 REB), Al Horford 10 (2/5 3PT, 5 REB, 4 AST), Robert Williams 10 (5/6 2PT, 7 REB).

Bucks: Jrue Holiday 20 (6/13 2PT, 2/3 3PT, 8 AST, 3 STL), Giannis Antetokounmpo 20 (7/11 2PT, 6/8 FT, 8 REB, 4 TO), Pat Connaughton 15 (2/7 3PT, 9 REB), Bobby Portis 13 (5/8 2PT, 1/6 3PT, 8 REB), Grayson Allen 10 (2/6 3PT).

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Boston Celtics
Milwaukee Bucks
50%
43/86
Field goals
44%
40/90
48
Rebounds
50
31
Assists
22
6
Steals
8
5
Blocks
3
59%
23/39
2-pointers
54%
29/54

Best players

Jayson  Tatum
42 PTS
16/25 FG
3/5 FT
Jrue  Holiday
20 PTS
8/16 FG
2/3 FT
Boston Celtics
Few players
7 REB
Pat  Connaughton
9 REB
7 DREB
2 OREB
Marcus  Smart
11 As
0 TO
30 MIN
Jrue  Holiday
8 As
0 TO
33 MIN
Jayson  Tatum
39 EFF
75% 2P%
54% 3P%
Jrue  Holiday
22 EFF
46% 2P%
67% 3P%