Boston will look to keep momentum going in Game 2, which is scheduled for Tuesday at 8 p.m.in Milwaukee.
Horford also had a double-double for Boston, grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds. The Greek Freak is too good to play this poorly for too long, especially when he's surrounded by an array of shooters that can make the Celtics pay for collapsing on him in the paint.
On the other hand, the Celtics trio of Al Horford, Kyrie Irving, and Jaylen Brown accounted for 65 points, 22 rebounds, and 14 assists on 55 percent shooting from the field.
Expect a big-time bounce-back performance from Milwaukee in Game 2.
Pierce elaborated on why, explaining that Boston has a greater wealth of team talent compared with the Bucks, who are centered on Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Celtics had a strong start into the game, leading at 26-17 after the opening quarter.
Boston unleashed a 32-9 run in the third quarter, Horford scoring 11 in the spurt, to seize an 86-65 lead. That said, who's to say the Celtics won't continue to play at that same level, if not better as the best-of-seven set unfolds?
Anthony Clark, a senior, said although the series sweep against the Pacers gave him confidence, he is concerned about the Milwaukee team.
Irving thinks the Celtics have been rounding into shape in the playoffs after an uneven regular season. The team won eight championships during Havlicek's 16 seasons with the Celtics. Game two is now a must win for Milwaukee.
The C's made a statement against the Bucks in Game 1.
As a result of reheating their storied playoff rivalry last season, which laid dormant for the previous 31 years, there was certainly some leftover intensity present in the three meetings the Bucks had with the Celtics over the course of their 60-win regular season.