Bucks lose to Celtics despite 27 from Giannis

BOSTON (AP) -- Situated firmly in a virtual logjam in the Eastern Conference's shuffle for playoff seeding, where the Boston Celtics will end up is still very much a mystery with only a handful of games to play.

Duplicating the way they played in dispatching an ailing Bucks team would go a long way in making sure their opening round series begins at home.

Tyler Zeller tied a career high with 26 points and Boston continued its playoff push with a 124-109 win over Milwaukee on Friday night.

Isaiah Thomas added 20 points, and Avery Bradley and Kelly Olynyk each finished with 16 as Boston claimed its fourth straight victory. It sets up a stretch to close the regular-season against three playoff-bound teams.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 in a losing effort for the Bucks.

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