NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Boston
(Friday, November 7th)
Final Score: Boston 101, Milwaukee 89
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to lead the streaking Boston Celtics to a 101-89 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Kevin Garnett added 16 points and nine boards for the Celtics, who have won three in a row and are 3-0 at home this season. Kendrick Perkins added seven blocks, along with eight boards and six points for Boston.
Three Celtics players came off the bench to reach double figures -- Tony Allen had 13 points, Eddie House 11 and Leon Powe 10.
"We've got to do a better job definitely of getting off to better starts," Pierce said. "The last few games we've been starting off slow then settling in, but that's up to the starters at the beginning of games."
Richard Jefferson led Milwaukee with 20 points, but the Bucks had their two- game win streak snapped. Charlie Villanueva added 13 points and 12 rebounds for Milwaukee, which played without guard Michael Redd, who suffered a sprained ankle in Sunday's game against the Knicks.
He also did not play in Wednesday's win over Washington.
"We just didn't execute tonight. I think I can be pretty objective about it," Milwaukee head coach Scott Skiles said. "I can say we were really sharp in running our sets and they took us out of it. Tonight, though, we just weren't sharp."
The Celtics dominated the second quarter. Luke Ridnour hit a short jumper to put the Bucks up 42-38 with 5:50 remaining, but then Boston went on a 15-1 run.
Pierce had seven points, and Garnett's bucket with under a minute left handed Boston a 53-43 lead. Rajon Rondo's pair from the free throw line gave the Celtics a 55-47 advantage at the break.
The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter as the Celtics held a slim lead, and Glen Davis' jumper with under 10 seconds left in the stanza gave Boston a 75-70 lead going into the fourth.
The Celtics started to pull away in the final quarter. A Powe free throw, followed by a dunk from Allen and Rondo layup boosted Boston's lead to 82-72 less than two minutes in.
About two minutes later, Powe had a layup and Allen followed with two free throws to make it 92-77. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had a dunk with 7:54 left in the game, but the Bucks didn't score for the next four-plus minutes as the Celtics cruised to the finish.
Milwaukee opened up a double-digit lead after Jefferson hit a jumper, then followed it up quickly with a three-pointer to make it 16-6 a little under five minutes into the game.
Boston rattled off eight straight points later in the first, but the Bucks maintained a lead and two free throws from Ramon Sessions gave them a 30-23 edge going into the second.
Boston has won five straight against Milwaukee, having swept the Bucks in a four-game series last season...Ridnour finished with 12 points, while Sessions had 11...The Bucks had 23 turnovers to Boston's 18...The Celtics shot 48.1 percent (38-for-79) from the field, while Milwaukee made only 39.7 percent (31-of-78) of its shots.
11/08 00:42:02 ET