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Celtics, 58-54 (half)

Down 15 points early in the second quarter, the Celtics got an infusion of Gerald Green and a Paul Pierce booster shot to take the lead going into halftime.

Led by Mo Williams (20 points), Milwaukee continued its hot shooting to start the second quarter. The Bucks built a 41-26 with 8:26 left in the first half.

Green hit a three-pointer on Boston’s next possession, and Pierce followed a Kendrick Perkins block with a floater in the lane to cut the lead to 10. Another Green three-pointer brought the Celtics to within seven, 41-34, with 7:10 left in the half.

Green provided Boston with a much-needed spark off the bench in the second period. The second-year forward scored 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the quarter. He and Pierce led a Boston run that pulled the Celtics to within 48-46 with 3:31 left in the second quarter.

Wally Szczerbiak put the Celtics ahead and Pierce extended the lead late in the quarter with a layup and a three-pointer.

  • Bucks guard Earl Boykins suffered a lower right leg laceration in the second quarter. He received stitches in the locker room and is expected to return in the second half.
  • A young fan in an Atlanta Hawks jersey held a sign behind the Celtics bench that read, “Oden would look good in Green.”
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