Tied up: Giannis’ tip-in lifts Bucks over Celtics in Game 4

Tied up: Giannis' tip-in lifts Bucks over Celtics in Game 4

Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton shoots during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Milwaukee.
(AP Photo/Morry Gash). Milwaukee Bucks' Thon Maker gets tangles with Boston Celtics' Aron Baynes during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee Bucks’ Thon Maker gets tangles with Boston Celtics’ Aron Baynes during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Milwaukee.
(AP Photo/Morry Gash). Milwaukee Bucks' Eric Bledsoe is fouled by Boston Celtics' Shane Larkin during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe is fouled by Boston Celtics’ Shane Larkin during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Milwaukee.
(AP Photo/Morry Gash). Milwaukee Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon tries to drive past Boston Celtics' Terry Rozier during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon tries to drive past Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Milwaukee.
(AP Photo/Morry Gash). Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens argues a call during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Milwaukee.
Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens argues a call during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE – Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points, including tipping in the go-ahead basket with 5 seconds left, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Boston Celtics 104-102 on Sunday to tie their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.

Boston’s Marcus Morris missed a 14-footer at the buzzer with Khris Middleton’s hand in his face to seal a nail-biting win for the Bucks.

Seconds earlier, the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo jumped and reached up with his left arm around Boston’s Jayson Tatum to put back Malcolm Brogdon’s missed layup for the game-winner.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in Boston.

Jaylen Brown had 34 points for the Celtics, while Tatum added 21. Tatum’s 18-footer with 52 seconds left gave the Celtics a brief 100-99 lead.

He just couldn’t hold off Antetokounmpo on the other end for the decisive tip-in.

The disappointing end for the Celtics overshadowed their spirited rally from a 65-45 deficit with 7:37 left in the third quarter. Play got chippy and the Celtics limited the Bucks’ transition game.

They came up one basket short at the end.

TIP INS

Celtics: Coach Brad Stevens kept his starting five intact after the team never recovered from a disastrous first quarter in Game 3. Stevens said he would likely only make a switch for matchup purposes. … Boston ended with a 43-36 edge on the boards. … Morris finished with 13 points and shot 4 of 14.

Bucks: Starting C John Henson missed a second straight game with a sore back. … The Bucks went with the same starting five as Game 3, with Zeller replacing Henson and Brogdon starting for Tony Snell. … Jabari Parker led a vigourous effort off the bench with 16 points and seven rebounds. Backup C Thon Maker blocked five shots and played most of the fourth quarter.

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