Celtics pull away to crush cold-shooting Bucks, 112-90

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving shoots over Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill yesterday during the opening Eastern Conference semi-final round. (Reuters photo)

Al Horford and Jaylen Brown hit 3-pointers in a 12-point, third-quarter flurry yesterday afternoon that erased a momentary deficit and propelled the visiting Boston Celtics to a 112-90 victory over the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the opener of their Eastern Conference best-of-seven semifinal playoff series.

After beating the Bucks just once in three tries in the regular season, the fourth-seeded Celtics will look to go up 2-0 when the clubs tangle again in Milwaukee tomorrow night.

The Celtics led most of the game but found themselves down 56-54 after Brook Lopez nailed a 3-pointer in the second minute of the third quarter…..

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