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12 notes and observations from the Celtics’ comeback win over the Bucks

The Celtics rallied from a 19-point, first-half deficit to top the Milwaukee Bucks by 11 points Wednesday evening, the two teams’ 21st matchup in the past three years.

“It was just one of those nights for us where we had to dig deep, deep down inside ourselves and trust one another and lean on each other and come out with this victory,” said shooting guard Marcus Smart.

Here’s what we saw:

1. A hit to Boston’s defensive prowess, forward Jaylen Brown missed the game with an illness. Coach Brad Stevens said the initial plan was to have Brown, Smart, and Semi Ojeleye take turns containing reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.