Terry Rozier Shined In First Career Playoff Start

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Rozier celebrates a 3-point shot with Jayson Tatum during Game 1 against the Bucks Sunday. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- It's Game 2 tonight between the Celtics and Bucks at 8 p.m., after Boston survived its playoff opener at the Garden in overtime Sunday.

Terry Rozier was a huge part of the success, whether it was his late-3 in regulation to put the Green ahead, or when he scored eight of his team's 14 points in OT.

Rozier totaled 23 points in all, and added four rebounds, three assists, and a steal in his 40 minutes.

Coach Brad Stevens was impressed.

"Terry's a stud," Stevens said. "Terry is a hard-nosed guy, a competitive guy. He's got great ability, and you know, obviously, made some huge plays there for us. The shot at the end of regulation obviously was the highlight of that."

Rozier said his teammates inspired him.

"Third year in the playoffs, and it just keeps getting better," Rozier said. "It's unfortunate what happened to our teammates throughout the whole year, but we still got each other, we still gotta fight, we still gotta win. Just love playing with these guys, and they give me all the confidence in the world."

And the Celts are still banged up for this one. No lineup changes. That means another night likely relying on offensive balance. Five Boston players scored at least 19 in the series opener, led by Al Horford's 24. The big man also played strong defense.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports

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