Nikola Mirotic picked a really good time to be what the Milwaukee Bucks acquired him to be.
Mirotic drilled three 3-pointers in a big closing run that has pulled the Milwaukee Bucks within 52-50 of the Boston Celtics at the half of their Eastern Conference semifinals opener.
With the Bucks trailing, 40-25, Mirotic drilled a 3-pointer that ignited a 15-0 run. That run featured a second Mirotic 3-pointer, and shortly after that he drilled another three, and Khris Middleton followed with one of his own to give the Bucks a 46-44 lead.
Kyrie Irving made a floating runner and drilled a 3-pointer to help the Celtics retake the lead by the half, but the game has a much different tone from the first 18 minutes in which the Celtics dominated.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been held to eight points on 2-of-7 shooting, but Mirotic got the Bucks’ 3-point attack going. Middleton leads the Bucks with 14 points and has made 3 of 4 triples. Mirotic and George Hill each have nine points.
Irving leads the Celtics with 13 points, and Gordon Hayward has added 10 points off the bench.
The Bucks are shooting just 37.5% (15 for 40), but are 8 for 20 (40%) on 3-pointers as the Celtics have been clogging the lane to stop Antetokounmpo.