Final: Celtics, 102-96: Boston learned a lesson about coasting down the stretch as the Bucks used a 13-0 run to cut the deficit to 2 points with 24.2 seconds left and Kevin Garnett saved the Celtics with four free throws. Ersan Ilyasova and Drew Gooden combined for 48 points and 18 rebounds. The rest of the Bucks scored 48 on 21-for-62 shooting. Rajon Rondo had a triple-double (15 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists).
Fourth quarter, 2.1, Celtics, 100-96: The Bucks went on a 13-0 run to cut the deficit to 2 before Kevin Garnett sank two free throws and he is at the line for two more.
Fourth quarter, 1:57, Celtics, 98-85: The Celtics have not scored 100 points at home all season but need to 2 points to finally get to that mark. All five starters are in double figure scoring while the Bucks have scored 31 points in the second half after 54 in the first. Drew Gooden and Ersan Ilyasova have combined for 45 points and 16 rebounds.
Fourth quarter, 7:41, Celtics, 86-71: The Celtics have avoided the big Milwaukee run so far as the Bucks have just 17 points since halftime. Milwaukee is shooting 7 of 31 (22.5 percent) from the field since the break. Drew Gooden has 20 points but 16 were in the first half. Rajon Rondo is on a triple-double watch with 15 points. 9 rebounds, and 8 assists.
End of third quarter, Celtics, 77-67: The Celtics didn’t score for the final 2:16 of the period, so watch out for one of their customary scoring droughts. But the quarter was a very good one. They made 13 of 24 shots in the period while Rajon Rondo is one rebound and two assists from another triple-double.
Third quarter, 2:53, Celtics, 75-64: Celtics are on a 23-6 run and have done it by pushing the ball and hitting shots. They are 12 for 20 from the field in the quarter compared with 4 of 18 for the Bucks. Rajon Rondo has 15 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds. Four Celtics have scored in double figures.
Third quarter, 5:20, Celtics, 65-60: The Celtics have struggled this year in third quarters but they are trying to change that trend with an early second-half push against the Bucks. Kevin Garnett has speadheaded this charge with 6 points during the 15-6 run while Brandon Bass has also helped out.
Halftime, Bucks, 54-50: The Celtics scored 5 points in the final eight seconds to make it close after a rather putrid first half defensively. Drew Gooden has burned Boston for 16 points on 5-for-11 shooting with six rebounds. Rajon Rondo leads the Celtics with 13 points while Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen have 8.
Second quarter, 2:56, Bucks, 47-39: The Bucks are basically outhustling the Celtics and hitting the boards. They have attempted nine more shots while the combination of Ersan Ilyasova and Drew Gooden already has 22 points and nine rebounds. Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett have 8 points apiece for Boston.
Second quarter, 8:47, Bucks, 31-28: Celtics going through another one of their lulls and the bench is trying to pick them up. Keyon Dooling is playing quality minutes while Rajon Rondo leads the team with 8 points. Milwaukee is shooting just 38.4 percent but it has taken eight more shots than the Celtics.
End of first quarter, Tied at 25: The Bucks have 21 points from three players and that’s how they have stayed close. Ersan Ilyasova already has 10 points and Drew Gooden has 6 and five rebounds. Rajon Rondo has 8 points and Ray Allen has 6. The Celtics are shooting 47.8 percent.
First quarter, 5:34, Celtics, 14-11: The Celtics are trying to stay away from the silly turnovers on “home run” plays but they already have one in that category as Rajon Rondo’s skip pass went out of bounds. Rondo already has 4 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. Erson Ilyasova has 4 points and 2 rebounds for Milwaukee.
First quarter, 7:34, Celtics, 10-5: Ray Allen has already hit two 3-pointers, including one that was banked in as the 24-second clock expired as the Celtics are off to another strong start. They are 4 for 8 shooting while Milwaukee is 1 for 7.