Milwaukee Bucks eliminate Bulls in NBA playoffs, now face Celtics

Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is fouled by Bulls forward Derrick Jones Jr. during the first half Wednesday night at the Fiserv Forum.

The Milwaukee Bucks took care of business on Wednesday.

The defending NBA champions made sure not to prolong their first-round series and finished off the Chicago Bulls with a 116-100 victory in Game 5 at the Fiserv Forum.

The best-of-seven matchup started off inauspiciously for Milwaukee with a lackluster performance in Game 1 and then a 114-110 loss in Game 2. Despite a knee injury to star Khris Middleton that will keep him out at least two weeks, the Bucks looked much sharper by winning three in a row, including two in Chicago, to eliminate the Bulls.

SCORE BOX: Dollars 116, Bulls 100

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The third-seeded Milwaukee will face the second-seeded Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Celtics, who swept the Brooklyn Nets in the first round, have home court advantage and will host the first two games of the series.

Chicago wasn’t expected to give Milwaukee much of a challenge given the 3-1 series deficit and the absences of key shooting guards Zach LaVine (health and safety protocol) and Alex Caruso (concussion protocol).

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