LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The Boston Celtics drained a franchise record 24 three pointers en route to knocking off the last undefeated team in the NBA on Thursday with a 117-113 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Kyrie Irving scored 28 points and Gordon Hayward tallied a season high 18 for the Celtics, who snapped the Bucks seven-game win streak to start the season.
“We stayed resilient and won the game,” said Boston’s Marcus Morris, who finished with 17 points.
“We knew we could take their best shot and ended up winning the game. We let ‘em have it.”
The Celtics, whose previous record for three-pointers was 19, finished one short of tying the NBA record of 25, set by the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 4.
Giannis Antetokounmpo returned to the lineup after missing one game and led Milwaukee with 33 points and 11 rebounds.
Khris Middleton and Malcom Brogdon scored 16 apiece and Eric Bledsoe had 13 points and seven assists for the Bucks.
The Celtics held off the Bucks down the stretch for their fourth consecutive win. Milwaukee went on a 12-0 run to begin the final quarter and cut the Boston lead to three.
Milwaukee stormed back making it 113-112 when Bledsoe made a free throw with 13 seconds left.
But that was as close as the Bucks would get as the Celtics iced the victory from the foul line.