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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks take down Celtics with big comeback

Giannis Antetokounmpo in Boston Celtics v Milwaukee Bucks

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 25: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks makes a basket against the Boston Celtics in the second half at Fiserv Forum on December 25, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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Jaylen Brown smiled and showed off his chip.

Giannis Antetokounmpo bore down and showed why he won his chip.

Just cleared from coronavirus, Antetokounmpo led a furious comeback, as the defending-champion Bucks bested the Celtics 117-113 on Christmas.

Boston built an early 19-point lead behind the superb scoring of Brown, who kept his spirits up even after chipping his tooth on teammate Jayson Tatum:

But Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee back into contact in the third quarter. Still, the Bucks trailed by 11 when he re-entered the game with 5:34 left in the fourth quarter. From there, Antetokounmpo singlehandedly doubled up the Celtics, 12-6.

Antetokounmpo finished with 36 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two blocks – including a late rejection of Robert Williams III at the rim to help ice the game:

Milwaukee got its first lead on Wesley Matthews’ 3-pointer with 30 seconds left:

Brown and Tatum each scored 25, but Boston’s offense devolved down the stretch (again).