More than ever, Bucks prove they are Eastern team to beat

Bucks star and reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo drives to the basket against the Wizards.


MILWAUKEE — The NBA is wide open this season, as you may have heard pundits say a few thousand times. The era of the superteam is over, and there are half a dozen (or more) teams with a legitimate shot at winning a championship.

Or are there?

Milwaukee beat Boston on Thursday. The Bucks built a 27-point lead in the first half, took a foot off the gas in the third and let the Celtics whittle it to six, started to care again and swelled the lead back to 19 at the end of the quarter before settling for a 128-123 win. The Celtics were down Jaylen Brown (thumb) and on the business end of a back-to-back, but the third best team in the conference never held a lead against the team that has run away with the top spot.

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