Final: Celtics 96-92 Kevin Garnett sinks the clinching free throws and the Celtics avenge last Friday’s loss with their best win of the season. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 25 points while Jeff Green added a season-high 12 off the bench.
Fourth quarter, 1.7, Celtics 94-92 The team exchange free throws and it’s Celtics ball after Monta Ellis commits a lane violation after intentionally missing 2nd free throw.
Fourth quarter, 4.9, Celtics 93-90 Jason Terry and Paul Pierce each miss the first of two free throw attempts and Milwaukee still has life. Celtics defense has been brilliant down the stretch. Can they get one more stop?
Fourth quarter, 25.3, Celtics 91-90 The Celtics are 12 of 22 in the fourth quarter but are being hurt my former Celtic Marquis Daniels, who just sank an 18-footer for his 12th point as the Bucks close in. Celtics ball.
Fourth quarter, 2:39, Celtics 83-82 It’s a battle royal between Monta Ellis and Paul Pierce, as the two exchange daggers as the Celtics and Bucks trade baskets. Kevin Garnett drained a go-ahead jumper and the Celtics just got a defensive stop. Ellis has 29 points and Pierce has 24.
Fourth quarter, 6:10, Celtics 74-72 Jeff Green is beginning to exert himself, scoring 6 points in the quarter, including a pretty one-handed layup to give the Celtics the lead. He has a season-high 10 points.
Fourth quarter, 8:10, Bucks 68-66 This game is getting physical and Larry Sanders and Jason Terry shared some words after Sanders was called for an offensive foul on Kevin Garnett. The Celtics are 1-for-6 from the field to begin the quarter. They are making progress but need some baskets.
End of third quarter, Bucks 68-64 Jeff Green is really struggling. He is 0-for-4 shooting with three turnovers and just missed two free throws that could have tied the game. Meanwhile, former Celtic Marquis Daniels scores 6 points in the quarter, including a runner to give the Bucks a 4-point lead. Paul Pierce has 17 points. Monta Ellis has 21 for Milwaukee.
Third quarter, 2:10, Bucks 62-61 As usual, the Celtics get outscored with Kevin Garnett out of the game, Milwaukee went on an 8-0 run to even the game at 55 and the two teams have been trading baskets since. Paul Pierce and Jason Terry each have 14 points. Monta Ellis has 19 for Milwaukee.
Third quarter, 5:55, Celtics 53-49 The Celtics, and especially Paul Pierce, have started the second half hot and the defense has increased its intensity as the Celtics try to extend their lead. Pierce has 6 points in the half and the Bucks have started off 2 of 10 from the field.
Halftime, Bucks 42-39 Celtics finish the half on a 6-0 run and Kevin Garnett missed an open jumper at the buzzer that could have made it 8. Still, the Celtics are playing strong defense, holding the Bucks to 40 percent shooting. But Monta Ellis has been the difference with 13 points. The Celtics are trailing by just 3 despite shooting 33 percent in the second quarter and 35 percent for the game. Garnett has 10 points.
Second quarter, 3:28, Bucks 38-30 The frustration is setting in. The Celtics just can’t score consistently. The Bucks are shooting 41 percent and don’t look as sharp as they did last Friday in Boston, but the Celtics are missing so many easy shots. Besides the trio of Chris Wilcox, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry, they are 2 of 19 shooting, both shots by Rajon Rondo.
Second quarter, 5:56, Bucks 30-24 This game is ugly and the Celtics are cementing that status by missing most of their shots. They are shooting 32 percent and anyone not named Chris Wilcox, Kevin Garnett or Jason Terry are a combined 1-for-17 shooting.
Second quarter, 8:30, Bucks 28-22: The Celtics just can’t score consistently, shooting 33 percent from the field (7 of 21) and they are also giving up second-chance points to Milwaukee’s active big men. Larry Sanders and Ekpe Udon have 8 points combined and five rebounds. Jeff Green has no points and three turnovers.
End of first quarter, Bucks 22-20: The Celtics are trailing by just 2 despite missing 12 of 19 shots in the quarter and getting a combined 1 point from Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass. The Celtics are playing solid defense other than stopping the pick-and-roll, But they are improving after looking terrible against the Bucks’ bigs in the early going. Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry each have 6 points for the Celtics.
First quarter, 2:56, Tied at 18: The Celtics have contained the pick-and-roll and are spreading the wealth offensively. Chris Wilcox and Jared Sullinger each have a bucket off the bench.
First quarter, 4:48, Tied at 15: The Celtics are warming up offensively, especially Jason Terry, who already has 6 points. But they can’t stop the pick-and-roll and the Bucks are going to it repeatedly. Samuel Dalembert already has 9 points, most of those on dunks because Rajon Rondo can’t stop dribble penetration.
First quarter, 7:52, Bucks 6-5: The Celtics have coverted one field goal and are just trying to stay close early but the Bucks are helping out by missing seven of their 10 shots. Kevin Garnett already has 4 points.