Bucks unleash Maker, Delly in NBA playoff win over Baynes' Celtics
Australian duo Thon Maker and Matthew Dellavedova have inspired the Milwaukee Bucks to a 116-92 NBA playoff demolition of the Boston Celtics.
The Bucks went into Friday's game three in Milwaukee 0-2 in the first round playoff series.
Lock down: Thon Maker defends against Boston’s Al Horford.
Dellavedova had only played four minutes in the the two losses and Maker just one minute, but Bucks' interim coach Joe Prunty unleashed the Australians in the first quarter and the result was stunning.
Maker pulled off four spectacular blocks in four minutes and Dellavedova delivered the aggressive defence his squad had lacked to electrify the Milwaukee crowd and give the Bucks a 27-12 first quarter lead.
The Celtics never recovered.
Maker finished with a personal playoff high 14 points, including three three- pointers, five blocks and five rebounds in 24 minutes.
Dellavedova had five points and four assists in 16 minutes.
Dellavedova was the first sub in the game and when he entered three minutes into the game the Bucks trailed 5-6.
The Bucks then went on a game-changing 22-6 run as All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points, five rebounds and six assists, including a spectacular dunk from the top of the key and over the Celtics' Australian big man Aron Baynes.
Baynes was one of the Celtics' best with eight points and eight rebounds.
He also showed off his improved long-range shooting accuracy sinking his two three-point attempts.
Game four is in Milwaukee on Sunday.
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