Jonas Valanciunas makes a dunk for the Raptors in the first game of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs against the Indiana Pacers on April 16, 2018 in Toronto, Canada
The Boston Celtics defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 120-106 on Tuesday with excellent performances by Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, Marcus Morris and Al Horford, and the Pelicans scratched a new Portland win in the first round of the NBA playoffs .
Brown overflowed with 30 points, Rozier with 23 and eight assists, Morris with 18 coming off the bench and Horford with 16 points.
The Bucks now travel to their home against the wall for the third game, which will take place on Friday.
The Celtics came to lead by 20 in the final quarter, while Milwaukee came close to 107-97 with 4:13 minutes left.
However, the Celtics responded with an attack of 11-2, crowned by a triple from Brown to push their advantage back to 118-99.
The turnovers were a problem for the Milwaukee game. The Bucks finished with 15, which gave him 21 points to Boston.
They also completed only 41% from the free throw line (7 of 17).
Meanwhile, the Celtics bench shined with its own light, beating their counterparts of Milwaukee 41-25.
The best for the Bucks was his stellar Greek forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who stood out with 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, followed by Khris Middleton with 25 points.
The winner between Boston and Milwaukee will go in the semifinals of the Conference against the winner between Miami and Philadelphia.
– The Pelicans take off –
New Orleans hit the table again on Tuesday by defeating the Trail Blazers 111-102, taking the two wins of their visits to Portland.
The base Jrue Holiday was the best for their own, with 33 points, well seconded by Anthony Davis, with 22 and 13 sacks, and by the Hispano-Montenegrin Nikola Mirotic, who contributed 17 and eight.
The locals led the scoring throughout almost the entire contest, with the mission of avoiding the bump of the first day, but the poor success of his outer star pair, formed by Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, returned to take its toll.
The Trail Blazers, third from the West, will now visit New Orleans with the mission to return home alive to try to take the tie until the sixth game at least.
– DeRozan stands out against the Wizards –
In Toronto, an offensive overflow from DeMar DeRozan gave a 130-119 victory to the Toronto Raptors over the Washington Wizards to also get 2-0.
DeRozan totaled 37 points and 14 rebounds while his outside teammate, point guard Kyle Lowry, finished with 13 points and 12 assists.
With his 37 points, DeRozan tied his best mark in a postseason game.
The Lithuanian Jonas Valanciunas and the nationalized Congolese Spanish Serge Ibaka also stood out for the Canadian quintet with 19 points and 14 sacks the first and 10 cards with eight services for the second.
The Raptors set a points record for the first half in a playoff game with 76 points, when they went to the half-time 76-58.
For the capital quintet the most prominent were the point guard John Wall, with 29 points and nine assists, and Mike Scott, with 20 units coming off the bench.
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet returned after leaving Game 1 due to a blow to his right shoulder, but he looked rusty in three minutes of action at the beginning of the second quarter before being replaced by Lowry.
The third match of this series to the best of seven games will be next Friday in the capital.
The winner of this series will be measured in the semifinal of the Conference to the winner of the top between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Indiana Pacers.