They did it by doing something nobody could do all year - they made Giannis Antetokounmpo look average.
Boston won the game 112-90.
Al Horford stood his ground as Giannis Antetokounmpo charged his way.
The Boston Celtics got the job done on the road in Milwaukee as they blew out the Bucks in the opening game of the second round series.
Kyrie Irving led the charge for Boston in its Game 1 destruction of the Milwaukee Bucks at the Fiserv Forum with 26 points, seven rebounds, and 11 assists.
Instead, Al Horford played one of his best games as a Celtic and absolutely bodied Antetokounmpo, easily winning the matchup between the two players.
Jaylen Brown chipped in with 19 points and Gordon Hayward had 13 off the bench for the Celtics.
Boston's game plan was clear going into the series.
Milwaukee's defense should also improve in Game 2. This won't be easy given that Horford's sole objective in Game 2 will most likely be to keep him away from the basket and cancel out his three-point shots. This year, Milwaukee is the top seed in the East and has home-court advantage throughout the postseason after posting the NBA's best record, but Boston didn't play like an underdog in any way. Havlicek was the MVP of the 1974 NBA Finals when the Celtics defeated the Bucks in Game 7 at the MECCA in Milwaukee.
Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half of the National Basketball Association game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on March 04, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Tatum was 2-of-7 from field and missed his lone 3-point attempt, but still managed a +/- rating of +16 in 30 minutes of action.