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Final: Celtics 87, Bucks 74

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  April 26, 2012 08:13 PM

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Final:Celtics 87-74 The Celtics cruised after the first quarter as all 13 players got minutes. Rajon Rondo had 15 assists in 25 minutes while Avery Bradley lead the balanced scoring effort with 14 points. The Celtics are likely headed to Atlanta for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first round on Sunday.

End of third quarter, Celtics 78-61: The benches have been cleared and the Celtics are cruising to a season-ending win. Avery Bradley has 14 points, Paul Pierce added 12 in just six minutes while Rajon Rondo has 15 assists to extend his streak of 10 or more to 24 games. Ryan Hollins has 9 points and five rebounds off the bench.

Halftime, Celtics 60-42: Paul Pierce returns and scored 7 more points after being called "doubtful" to return wotj a sprained left big toe. That's a good sign for the Celtics. Rajon Rondo extended his streak to 24 games with at least 10 assists with 12 in the first half. Brandon Jennings has 10 for Milwaukee.

Second quarter, 4:56, Celtics 45-33: The Celtics are beginning to pull away but the Hawks are beating the Mavericks soundly so it may not matter. Kevin Garnett is visibly rusty, having missed his first five shots, but he is using the game to get his rhythm back. Paul Pierce is out with a sprained left big toe.

Second quarter, 9:02, Celtics 34-20: The Celtics on a 13-2 run to begin the quarter as shots are beginning to fall and Doc Rivers has already used 11 players. Mickael Pietrus and Ryan Hollins each has 7 points while Avery Bradley has 6.

End of first quarter, Celtics 21-18: Celtics lost steam when Paul Pierce left with a sprained big toe as the Bucks scored the final 4 points of the quarter. Mickael Pietrus has 7 points while Rajon Rondo has six assists. Ekpe Udoh has 6 points for Milwaukee.

First quarter, 2:28, Celtics 21-16: Rajon Rondo already has six assists but the Celtics will have to go the rest of the game without Paul Pierce, who left with a sprained left big toe. It doesn't appear serious. He initially jammed the toe on April 14 against the New Jersey Nets.

First quarter, 9:00, Celtics 8-4: Paul Pierce already has 5 points in his matchup but just headed back to the locker room, followed by team doctor Brian McKeon. The injury didn't look serious, he walked back to the locker room on his own.

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