Celtics’ hot shooting pins first loss on Bucks

The Boston Celtics nearly blew a 15-point fourth-quarter lead Thursday night, but they took advantage of a missed free throw by Eric Bledsoe with 12.8 seconds left to hand the visiting Milwaukee Bucks their first loss of the season, 117-113.The Celtics used 3-point shooting to begin each half with a dominant run, allowing them to lead most of the way en route to their fourth straight win.But while the Celtics were missing their last six shots and mixing in a turnover, the Bucks rallied from a 113-104 deficit with 3:48 remaining to get within 113-111 before Bledsoe missed his first of two free throws after stealing the ball from Jayson Tatum and getting fouled with 12.8 seconds to go.Bledsoe made his second shot to get the Bucks within one, and the Celtics’ Kyrie Irving then hit two free throws to make it 115-112.The Celtics fouled Giannis Antetokounmpo with four seconds left, and he intentionally missed his second foul shot after making the first.Boston’s Al Horford got the rebound and dropped in two clinching free throws with 2.5 seconds to go.Irving buried six 3-pointers to account for a majority of his team-high 28 points and the Celtics bombed in 24 threes in all, outscoring Milwaukee 72-27 from beyond the arc to send the Bucks to their first loss after seven wins.After the Bucks had overcome a 16-7 game-opening burst by the Celtics to draw within 55-53 at halftime, Boston got three 3-pointers from Irving and one apiece from Tatum and Horford in a 19-8 run at the start of the third period that opened a 74-61 lead.

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