Final, Bucks 106-95The Bucks pull away in the fourth quarter and cruise to a win, and now everybody waits for the happenings in Miami. Luke Ridnour and Jerry Stackhouse each score 17 for the Bucks. Rajon Rondo finishes a sparkling season with 21 points and 15 assists.
5:46, Bucks 93-80Celtics are making plans for Miami as they are headed for defeat but the Heat are winning at home against New Jersey. Rajon Rondo has 19 points and 15 assists for Boston and Shelden Williams has 10 points. Dan Gadzuric has 14 for Milwaukee.
7:46, Bucks 93-80Celtics are playing hard but just don’t have enough on the court to compete with the Bucks, who are playing all their front-line players.
End of Third Quarter, Bucks 88-78Bucks end quarter on a 17-6 run as the Celtics still have not figured out a way to stop Ersan IIlyasova, who scored 9 points in the quarter, all on Rasheed Wallace.
2:44: 73-72 BucksBucks are holding on because the Celtics can’t get consistent stops but Boston deserves credit because it is playing with a makeshift lineup. Rajon Rondo has 17 points and 14 assists while Michael Finley has 8 points, all in the third quarter.
7:01: 67-65 BucksHow small is Brandon Jennings if Rajon Rondo’s trying to post him up?
End of half, Bucks 55-50: Rajon Rondo’s shaking off a bad night in Chicago, going for 12 points and eight assists in the first half. The Bucks are doing what they can to make sure they return to Boston this weekend, but right now Miami’s up on New Jersey, 42-38, at the half.
Welcome to the league Oliver Lafayette
7:00 Bucks 37-30: John Salmons has a game-high 10 points. Oliver Lafayette is on the floor. Scal’s in the game as well, showing no ill effects from the shoulder injury that kept him in Boston for the Milwaukee-Chicago trip.
5:41 Bucks 13-11: The Bucks are going with their normal starters, the Celtics are going with Mike Finley, Glen Davis, Rasheed Wallace, Marqius Daniels, and Rajon Rondo.
Pregame: In his fan appreciation night address, Paul Pierce thanks the home crowd for sticking through a rocky season and promises to do a better job of protecting the parquet in the playoffs.