bucks vs celtics - celtics winning moments

There was a moment during the Celtics’ series-opening loss to the Bucks when it seemed as if Jaylen Brown would never make a shot.

Brown scored 25 of his 30 points in the first half, and Boston beat Milwaukee 109-86 on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game apiece.

It’s the playoffs. That's it,” Brown said. “We can’t let one game kind of dictate how this series goes. We wanted to be aggressive from the gate."

Brown shook off a dismal shooting night in Game 1, going 9 for 10 in the first half, including 5 for 5 from the 3-point line.

Jayson Tatum added 19 points and eight assists. Grant Williams finished with 21 points. Al Horford had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

We wanted to come and play like our season was on the line and we did," Brown said. The series doesn't resume until Game 3 on Saturday in Milwaukee.

Celtics finished 20 of 43 from beyond the arc and scored 24 points off 16 Milwaukee turnovers.

We wanted to match their physicality and punch back tonight,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. “A big message was show them who we are.