Celtics set an NBA playoff record in Game 1 win over the Bucks


Needless to say, the Celtics played a phenomenal game Sunday to claim Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Bucks. They outscored Milwaukee 60-40 in the second half to complete a 112-90 win that shifted home court advantage back to Boston. 

The Bucks defense is designed to protect the paint and limit corner threes, so the Celtics had to beat them with jump shots. And that they did. 

According to Boston Sports Info, the Celtics were the highest scoring team in NBA playoff history while only making five free throws or less. 

The team with the second most points with so few free throws was, in fact, the Celtics in Game 3 of their first-round series against the Bulls in 2017. They scored 104 points on 47.7 percent from the field and 45.9 percent from three. 

Boston shot 54 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from three on Sunday, so if you're going to opt for jump shots over free throws, you better make them. 

If it wasn't obvious that Brad Stevens' offenses favor jump shots over points in the paint, this gives you a good idea of where the open shots are created.

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