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            === Stevens hopes to guide Celtics to win over Bucks ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Brad Stevens  will try  to get  his first NBA coaching
 victory  Friday  when his  new-look  Boston  Celtics stage  their  home-opener
 against the Milwaukee Bucks.
 
 The C's fell in Toronto to the Raptors, 93-87. A disastrous second quarter saw
 the  Celtics surrender  28 points and only  manage 11 of their own. But Boston
 rallied, taking the third quarter by 12 until the Raptors were too much in the
 end.
 
 "I walk out of here, certainly disappointed because you're in a close game and
 you  have a  chance, but I walk out  of here with some positives to build on,"
 said  Stevens,  who left Butler to  take over the rebuilding Celtics. "I think
 we're  going to  get  better handling  the  ball, we're  going  to get  better
 rebounding and we're going to get better in keeping people in front of us, and
 we fought back and competed."
 
 Boston  committed  22 turnovers and  got creamed on the  boards to the tune of
 48-33.
 
 Jeff Green led the way for the men in green with 25 points. Brandon Bass added
 17  and Brazilian  rookie  Vitor Faverani  netted 13  points  as the  starting
 center.
 
 Avery  Bradley had  eight points  and four  assists before  fouling out  as he
 replaces Rajon Rondo, who is out after a torn ACL last season.
 
 Wednesday's  game was the first without Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The two
 were traded to Brooklyn in the offseason.
 
 The  Bucks fell  25 behind the New  York Knicks at the half Wednesday night at
 Madison  Square Garden, but actually took the lead with 3:13 left in the game.
 The Knicks went on a 10-2 surge to end the game and win, 90-83.
 
 "My  message  to the guys at  the halftime was  I didn't care about whether we
 won or lost the game, I cared about us playing the way I know we're capable of
 playing," said new Bucks head coach Larry Drew.
 
 Six  Bucks scored  in double figures, led  by Gary Neal's 16. Neal signed with
 Milwaukee as a free agent in the offseason. Caron Butler (14), O.J. Mayo (13),
 Zaza  Pachulia (13)  and Ersan Ilyasova (10) also managed double-digit scoring
 nights.
 
 Brandon  Knight, the  centerpiece of  Milwaukee's offseason  trade of  Brandon
 Jennings,  played two  minutes, then strained his hamstring and didn't return.
 His  availability for  Friday  is unknown  and with  backup  point guard  Luke
 Ridnour  on the  shelf with injury, starting duties could fall to second-round
 pick Nate Wolters.
 
 Larry  Sanders,  who signed a  contract extension  this summer after a dynamic
 2012-13, only played 12 minutes and went scoreless.
 
 The  Bucks took three  of four from the Celtics last season, including both in
 Boston.
 
 11/01 10:49:49 ET

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