Keys to the Game: Celtics 96, Bucks 89

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Tito Horford was drafted by Milwaukee in June of 1988 – just two months after the Bucks played their final game at the MECCA. The 7-foot-1 center barely missed his chance of playing at Milwaukee’s historic arena, but 29 years later, his son stepped onto its renowned bright hardwood, and made him proud.

The Bucks re-opened the MECCA Thursday night when it hosted the Boston Celtics in a throwback game.

Milwaukee, however, could not bask in the glory of its former arena, as Horford stole the spotlight by putting together the best offensive game of his Celtics career.

The veteran big man, who was spotted earlier in the day gleefully snapping pictures inside the old arena, connected on 11-of-14 field goal attempts to tie his Celtics career-high of 27 points. Thirteen of those points came during the third quarter, which included three of his four 3-pointers, along with a layup that beat the buzzer to end the frame.

Horford also corralled nine rebounds, dished out four assists and blocked one shot to cap off a well-rounded performance.

It was a special night for the Bucks as they returned to their former arena. But it was even more special for the Horford family, as Al dominated the court that his father nearly called home, while leading his team to a win.

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