Final: Bucks 99-88: The Celtics make a late run to make the game respectable but the Bucks were simply the better team tonight and could be a darkhorse in the East. The Celtics had no life until the final quarter and were terrible defensively, allowing Milwaukee to shoot near 50 percent when the game mattered.
Fourth quarter, 2:54, Bucks 96-76: The Bucks responded from a Celtics 7-0 run with one of their own to end this one. The benches are being cleared and the sellout crowd is heading out. A disappointing effort, especially on defense for the Celtics.
Fourth quarter, 6:11, Bucks 85-70: A 4-0 run has prompted a timeout from Scott Skiles but the Bucks appear headed for victory. The Celtics are getting outrebounded 43-32 with Ersan Ilyasov a leading Milwaukee with 11. Paul Pierce leads the Celtics with six.
Fourth quarter, 8:47, Bucks 85-66: It seems the Celtics are headed to join the Lakers in the 0-2 club. Milwaukee has played well tonight, shooting 49.3 percent and getting 19 points and nine assists from Brandon Jennings, but the Celtics have been awful for the most part, committing 16 turnovers and shooting 40 percent. The defense has been the issue. Milwaukee is scoring layup after layup.
End of third quarter, Bucks 76-58: The Celtics score 28 in the quarter but allow 30. It’s been that kind of night. The Celtics are just a mess offensively and Milwaukee is executing its offense to precision and have canned six of 13 3-pointers. The Celtics are shooting 37.5 percent from the field and are 2 of 9 of the 3-point stripe.
Third quarter, 3:44, Bucks 66-48: The Celtics cut the deficit to 14 with the ball but are being sloppy with the ball. Milwaukee responded with 6 straight points for a 20-point lead and the Celtics are getting desperate. They have lost 2 points on the margin despite shooting 6 of 11 in the quarter.
Third quarter, 6:41, Bucks 60-44: Kevin Garnett is getting hot but the Celtics can’t stop the Bucks, who are beginning to shoot the lights out. Garnett has 10 straight points but the Bucks had countered with two 3-pointers in the quarter as they increase their shooting percentage to 49.1 percent.
Halftime, Bucks 46-30: The score is right. The Bucks are completely outplaying the Celtics, who shot 30 percent in the first half and their leading scorers — Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger — tallied just 6 points. Brandon Jennings leads the Celtics with 15 points, including a floater in the final second of the first half.
Second quarter, 2:44, Bucks 42-26: The Celtics are struggling mightily, shooting 31.4 percent (11 of 35) with Jared Sullinger leading the way with 6 points. The starting five has scored 16 points on 7-for-21 shooting and Paul Pierce has three fouls and no field goals.
Second quarter, 5:00, Bucks 34-22: It’s silent here at TD Garden where the Celtics are 2-for-13 shooting in the quarter and have scored 4 points in seven minutes. They are shooting 28.1 percent for the game and Paul Pierce is 0 of 4. Milwaukee is only shooting 41.7 percent but Beno Udrih has come off the bench for 7 points while Brandon Jennings has 8.
Second quarter, 8:44, Bucks 29-20: It’s been one of those nights so far as the Celtics have missed 17 of 25 shots and committed eight turnovers. It seems the transition to championship contender is going to be a longer process than expected. Nine different Bucks have scored and they have 10 points from their bench.
End of first quarter, Bucks 25-18: Another porous defensive quarter for the Celtics, who allowed the Bucks to score 17 of the last 25 points in the quarter, including two uncontested dunks by Larry Sanders. Brandon Jennings has 8 points and three assists while three Celtics have 4 points, including Jared Sullinger.
First quarter, 4:30, Bucks 16-12: After a slow start, the Bucks have come out firing with an 8-2 run. Brandon Jennings already has 8 points and 2 assists while the other four starters have 2 points each. The Celtics are 5-for-10 shooting but already have four turnovers. Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo each have 4 points.
First quarter, 8:00, Celtics 8-6: The Celtics are off to a rough start but the Bucks have followed suit by missing eight of their first 10 shots. Kevin Garnett, Courtney Lee and Rajon Rondo each have a bucket for Boston.