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                         === Celtics hold off Bucks ===
 
 Milwaukee,  WI  (Sports Network)  - Paul  Pierce outdueled  Monta Ellis in the
 fourth  quarter  and the Boston Celtics  downed the Milwaukee Bucks, 96-92, on
 Saturday.
 
 Pierce  netted eight of  his 25 points in the final frame for the Celtics, who
 have won three of their last four games.
 
 Kevin  Garnett added  18 points and six rebounds, while Rajon Rondo tallied 10
 points and 10 assists in the win.
 
 "I  believe in this team," Boston head coach Doc Rivers said. "We just have to
 play  hard  every night. It'll  give us  a chance to  win games when we're not
 playing great."
 
 Ellis had 11 of his game-high 32 points in the fourth for Milwaukee, which has
 dropped two of three since beginning the year with back-to-back victories.
 
 "We fought hard the whole game, but in the end, they hit the shots they had to
 and we didn't," Ellis said.
 
 Following Ellis' three-point play, which gave the hosts a 77-76 edge with 5:05
 remaining, Ellis and Pierce then traded jumpers before swapping 3-pointers for
 an 82-81 Bucks lead with 3:54 to play.
 
 The  Celtics  then recorded  the next six  points as Garnett  nailed a pair of
 jumpers  before Brandon  Bass knocked down a left baseline attempt, which gave
 the visitors an 87-82 margin with 1:54 left.
 
 A  bit  later, after  Ellis buried  two free  throws and  Pierce misfired on a
 triple  at the  other end,  Marquis  Daniels' pullup  jumper pulled  Milwaukee
 within 91-90 with 25 seconds to go.
 
 Jason  Terry  split a pair  from the charity stripe,  but Jeff Green forced an
 Ersan  Ilyasova  turnover on  Milwaukee's ensuing trip  down the floor. Pierce
 then  made  1-of-2 from the line  with 4.9 ticks on  the clock for a 93-90 C's
 lead.
 
 Boston elected to foul Brandon Jennings instead of defending the 3-point line.
 Jennings made the first and missed the second attempt, but Rondo flew down the
 lane for the rebound.
 
 Rondo,  though,  split a pair, which  made it 94-91 and kept Milwaukee's hopes
 alive with 3.5 to go.
 
 Again   Boston   elected  to  foul.   Ellis  knocked  down  the  first  before
 intentionally missing the second, but he was called for a lane violation.
 
 Garnett nailed both free throws at the other end to seal the outcome.
 
 The  Bucks took a 22-20 lead after a quarter of play and a 42-39 edge into the
 locker room.
 
 The home team led, 68-64, going into the final stanza.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Rondo  has gone  30 straight  games with  10-plus assists,  the third  longest
 streak in NBA history. Magic Johnson holds the longest such streak at 46 games
 ... Milwaukee defeated Boston, 99-98, on Nov. 2 in Beantown.
 
 
 11/11 00:30:54 ET

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