Gordon Hayward also stepped up with three three-pointers of his own, as he finished with a season-high 18 points in his first year back from injury. Al Horford hit four shots from beyond the arc, while Marcus Morris had five, as they finished with 18 and 17 points respectively. The big quarter was the third for Boston, which is when they put up 38 points in those 12 minutes to pull away.
The Celtics' three-point success helped them overcome their struggles down low, where the Bucks outscored them, 62-22, in the paint. That was led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 33 points in his return from a mild injury. "The Greek Freak" added 11 rebounds and nearly led a comeback in the fourth quarter, as the Bucks had a 35-24 advantage in the final 12 minutes. That included a 12-0 run after entering the quarter down 15, but they could not complete the comeback after beating the previously undefeated Toronto Raptors.
It took the Celtics nearly three minutes in to the fourth to get on the board with a Jayson Tatum three-pointer, but their record-breaking performance was enough to hold off Milwaukee. They came just short of tying the NBA three-point record of 25, which was set by the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 4th against the Atlanta Hawks.
Boston will hit the road against another tough Eastern Conference foe in the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, while the Bucks will be at home against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.