Celtics, Grizzlies score NBA playoffs wins

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A dominant Jaylen Brown first-half performance has propelled the Boston Celtics to a 109-86 win over the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks to even their NBA second round playoff series at 1-1.

Brown shook off a dismal shooting night in Game 1 with 25 of his game-high 30 points coming before the long break -- going 9 for 10 in the first half, including 5 for 5 from beyond the arc.

"We wanted to come and play like our season was on the line and we did," Brown said.

"It's the playoffs. That's it."

Jayson Tatum added 19 points and eight assists while Al Horford had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The Celtics clamped down on Giannis Antetokounmpo after his triple-double in the series opener, limiting him to 28 points.

Milwaukee's offence struggled for most of the game in the continued absence of Khris Middleton, who is not expected to return from an MCL injury during this Eastern Conference series.

In contrast, the Celtics connected on 46.5 per cent of their three-point attempts as the Bucks made only 3 of 18 (16.7 per cent).

Game 3 take place on Saturday in Milwaukee with Game 4, also at Fiserv Forum, on Monday.

In Memphis, Ja Morant scored 47 points to match his postseason high and carry the Grizzlies into a 1-1 tie in the Western Conference semi-finals with a 106-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

The NBA's Most Improved Player, who also had 47 in Game 2 against the Utah Jazz last year, scored the last 15 points for Memphis and became only the third player in league history to have multiple 45-point games in the postseason before turning 23. The other two? LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

"That loss was on my mind a lot, obviously missing that layup late," Morant said of his miss at the end of Game 1.

"But coming into today, I told myself we needed a win, and we were going to get a win. I just took it upon myself to go out there and do that for us."

Ziaire William hit four three-pointers and finished with 14 points off the bench while Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 12 points before fouling out for the third time in eight games this postseason.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 27 points. Jordan Poole added 20 off the bench while Andrew Wiggins had 16 and Klay Thompson 12 for Golden State who shot just 7-of-38 from long range.

Dillon Brooks, whose job was defending Curry, was ejected early in the first quarter after a hard foul on Warriors guard Gary Payton II. Payton went to the locker room for X-rays on his left elbow and didn't return.

"There's a code in this league, a code that players follow where you never put a guy's season/career in jeopardy," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

"Dillon Brooks broke the code. That's how I see it."

Game 3 takes place on Saturday in San Francisco.

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