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Jayson Tatum vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo on Christmas Day: Live score, highlights from Celtics vs. Bucks game

Christmas Day is serving up an Eastern Conference blockbuster as the Boston Celtics host the Milwaukee Bucks in the third game of the day.

After an epic seven-game series in the second round of the playoffs last season, both teams have stamped themselves as the two best teams in the East this season.

Entering Christmas Day, the Bucks are 3-3 across their last six games, while the Celtics have come back down to earth slightly after racing out to a 21-5 start, they’re just 2-5 over their last seven.

All eyes will be on the matchup between two MVP candidates in Jayson Tatum (30.5 ppg) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (31.4 ppg), who are two of just seven players around the NBA averaging over 30 points per game.

The Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates from the Celtics vs. Bucks on Christmas Day. Follow along right here for the scores, stats, and highlights from this Eastern Conference showdown.

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Celtics vs. Bucks score

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final

Best highlights from Celtics vs. Bucks game

First quarter

5:32 p.m. — OK, so it’s cooled off … a bit.

Boston is still on fire from deep and Jayson Tatum is up to seven points on 3-of-4 shooting. For the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo has four points, two rebounds and two assists.

Celtics 30, Bucks 22 with 2:39 left in the opening quarter.

5:20 p.m. — Things are out to a rapid start.

Boston’s got 19 points in the first four minutes of game time thanks to 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. Jayson Tatum joined the party with a tough triple in transition for his firs points of the game.

Celtics 19, Bucks 12. 7:56 remaining in the first.


4:45 p.m. — Tip-off is nearing and the starting lineups have been submitted:

3:45 p.m. — Giannis Antetokounmpo will be without one of his main running mates. Khris Middleton has been ruled out for the Christmas Day meeting.

Celtics vs. Bucks start time

  • Date: Sunday, Dec. 25
  • Time: 5 p.m. ET

Celtics vs. Bucks will tip off around 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 25. The game will be played at TD Garden in Boston.

What channel is Celtics vs. Bucks on?

  • Date: Sunday, Dec. 25
  • TV channel: ABC | ESPN
  • Live streaming: Sling TV

Celtics vs. Bucks will air on ABC and ESPN. Viewers can also stream the game on Sling TV.

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Celtics schedule 2022-23

Here are Boston’s next five games of the 2022-23 regular season:

Date Opponent Time (ET) TV channel
Dec. 25 vs. Bucks 5 p.m. ABC/ESPN
Dec. 27 vs. Rockets 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 29 vs. Clippers 7:30 p.m. NBA TV
Jan. 1 at Nuggets 8 p.m.
Jan. 3 at Thunder 8 p.m.

Bucks schedule 2022-23

Here are Milwaukee’s next five games of the 2022-23 regular season:

Date Opponent Time (ET) TV channel
Dec. 25 at Celtics 5 p.m. ABC/ESPN
Dec. 28 at Bulls 8 p.m.
Dec. 30 vs. Timberwolves 8 p.m.
Jan. 1 vs. Wizards 8 p.m.
Jan. 3 vs. Wizards 8 p.m. NBA TV

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