NBA Game Summary - Boston at Milwaukee
(Saturday, December 1st)
Final Score: Milwaukee 91, Boston 88
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Brandon Jennings buried the go-ahead 3-
pointer late in the fourth quarter and the Bucks overcame a rough start to
defeat the Celtics, 91-88, on Saturday.
Jennings finished with 13 points and six rebounds. Fresh off his first career
triple-double, Larry Sanders scored a team-high 18 points, pulled down 16
boards and blocked five shots in the win for the Bucks, who won consecutive
games against Boston for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
"Obviously we didn't start the game very well," said Bucks coach Scott Skiles,
whose team fell behind 17-0 before they scored a point. "But we fought our way
back, gained a little momentum going into halftime and after that start,
overall we played a pretty good game."
Monta Ellis shot just 6-of-20, but tallied 17 points, seven assists and two
steals in the victory. Ersan Ilyasova added 15 points and five rebounds off
Without suspended point guard Rajon Rondo, Jason Terry filled his role with 15
points and 11 assists, but Terry and Paul Pierce both missed from downtown
with a chance to tie the game on Boston's final possession. Pierce scored a
game-high 19 points and also had six assists in the loss.
In a fourth quarter that featured six lead changes, Pierce drained a 3-pointer
to break a tie and put Boston ahead 88-85 with 1:44 remaining.
An exchange of turnovers gave the ball back to the Bucks and Ellis fed Sanders
underneath the hoop for an uncontested dunk, pulling them to within one with
under a minute remaining.
Ilyasova then grabbed the rebound off a Pierce miss, and following a timeout,
Jennings caught the inbound pass and buried a wide-open look from three to
give the Bucks a two-point edge with 24 seconds left.
Terry looked to answer Jennings' three with one of his own, but it clanked off
the rim and into the hands of Sanders. The Celtics fouled him and after
sinking the first free throw, his second rimmed out.
Jeff Green grabbed the board and gave the Celtics a chance to tie the game,
but Pierce and Terry each missed long triples and the Bucks held on for the
"I thought both teams hung in there. They made some big shots and we missed
some," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "It's always going to be a make-miss
Boston dominated the first quarter and tallied the first 17 points of the
game. Courtney Lee scored nine in the opening quarter on 4-of-5 shooting,
while fellow backcourt mate Jason Terry dropped in seven to help the Celtics
out to a 27-11 lead.
But Milwaukee stormed back in the second, shooting 63.6 percent for the
quarter. Ilyasova drained two 3-pointers and Jennings scored seven to help the
Bucks pull within 48-47 at half.
The teams went back and forth in the third until Terry broke a 60-60 tie with
a trey before Green and Lee each scored on layups to cap a 7-0 spurt.
However, the Bucks drew even by the end of the period on a pair of Ellis free
The Bucks beat the Celtics in their season opener, giving them back-to-back
victories over Boston for the first time since 4/4/07 and 4/13/07 ... Luc Mbah
a Moute made his season debut and scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds
... The Celtics came in as winners in 15 of the last 19 contests against the
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