Holiday’s Clutch Defense in Final Seconds Seals Bucks’ Stunning Game 5 Comeback

For nearly the entire second half of Wednesday’s Game 5 between the Bucks and Celtics, Boston kept the defending fields at arm’s length. That is until Jrue Holiday took over on the defensive end.

Holiday blocked Marcus Smart’s potential go-ahead shot and stole the ball from him seconds later to seal a wild 110–107 win over the Celtics, guiding Milwaukee to an improbable victory and a 3–2 series lead. The defensive heroics came after an unlikely sequence gave the Bucks the lead in the final minute after they spent much of the night playing catch-up.

Boston held a 105–99 lead before Milwaukee scored six unanswered, tying the game with 42 seconds left on a three-pointer by Holiday. After Boston regained the lead on two free throws by Jayson Tatum, Giannis Antetokounmpo got fouled with 14 seconds left and went to the line with a chance to tie the game. He made the first and missed the second, but Bobby Portis secured the offensive rebound and made the putback to give Milwaukee the lead.


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