BOSTON – Kyrie Irving had 19 of her 32 points in the second half, helping offset a 40-point night for Giannis Antetokounmpo while the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-100 on Monday night .
Al Horford added 20 points, nine rebounds and eight badists. Jayson Tatum contributed 17 points to help Boston improve to a better 21-4 in the NBA. The Celtics won five of their last six.
It was the third game of 40 points this season for Antetokounmpo. Khris Middleton added 19 points while Eric Bledsoe had 18 points.
Boston led up to 20 in the third quarter, before the Bucks returned, thanks in large part to Antetokounmpo. He kept the Bucks almost by himself, scoring 16 points in the period and trimming Boston's lead to 88-81 by entering the quarter.
He was 104-97 after a free kick by Bledsoe, but the Celtics got five consecutive points from Irving to regain the lead to 12 with less than a minute left.
Antetokounmpo and Middleton entered Monday as the most productive scoring duo in the Eastern Conference, averaging a combined total of 49 points per game.
They were combined for 59 Wednesdays. He compensated for some early incongruities from the rest of his teammates, who came out only 6 of 24 from the field in the first half.
Bucks: Bench was outscored 18-4 in the first half.
Celtics: beat Milwaukee 60-34 in the paint. … Tatum was 4-for-4 from the 3-point line in the first quarter. Boston launched 61 percent (11 of 18) from the field in general in the period.
Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd was called by coach after talking to an official at 4:44 in the second quarter. He ignited an 8-0 run by the Celtics that pushed Boston's lead to 56-37. Irving had five points during the race.
The Celtics improved to 16-2 when they scored 100 or more points.
The Bucks have not been under 100 points since a 99-88 loss to Washington on Nov. 20, a span of six games.
Bucks: Start a three-game homestand on Wednesday against Detroit.
Celtics: Conclude the five-game home game on Wednesday against Dallas.