NBA Game Summary - Boston at Milwaukee
(Tuesday, February 8th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 121, Boston 97
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Mike James drained eight three-pointers on his way to 28 points off the bench, as the Milwaukee Bucks crushed the Boston Celtics, 121-97, at the Bradley Center.
Michael Redd scored 17 points for the Bucks, who have won three straight at home. Desmond Mason contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.
Earlier Tuesday, the Celtics traded forward Walter McCarty to the Phoenix Suns for a 2005 conditional second-round draft choice and cash. McCarty had been with the club since 1997 but was dissatisfied with his diminishing role on the team.
To fill the roster spot, the Celtics activated forward Justin Reed, who had been out with a knee injury. It was Reed who led all Boston scorers along with Raef LaFrentz with 13 points.
Reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week Paul Pierce was held to just seven points on 2-of-10 shooting for the Celtics, whose three-game winning streak was stopped.
On the same day that Boston fans celebrated their Patriots' Super Bowl victory, the Celtics did not fare as well.
Leading by five at the start of the second quarter, the Bucks broke the game wide open, outscoring the visitors 42-15 in the frame to take a huge 78-46 lead into halftime.
"It was probably our best offensive quarter of the year," said Bucks head coach Terry Porter. "It is a lot of fun when you play that way."
The Celtics were still within 10 midway through the stanza. When Mark Blount connected on a pair of free throws, Boston trailed by nine, 51-42, with 7:05 to play in the first half.
However, the Bucks then took complete control, using a tremendous 22-0 run over the final six-plus minutes for the 32-point advantage at the break.
The run was keyed by eight points from Joe Smith while James contributed a nice three-pointer. Zaza Pachulia also added a pair of layups and Redd capped the surge with two free throws for a 73-42 lead with just under a minute to play.
Boston never came close again, and the Bucks stayed in command throughout the second half. Tempers began to flair late in the third quarter when the frustrated Celtics took several bad fouls. The referees had to blow the whistle more than once to settle everyone down before Boston's Kendrick Perkins was ejected for throwing Mason to the ground.
"That was something I wasn't expecting," Mason said.
Overall, the Celtics shot 49 percent from the floor and made only 17-of-26 free throws. Blount finished with eight points while Gary Payton only netted seven points and four assists. Boston now returns home to begin a four-game homestand versus the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.
The Celtics fell to 8-17 on the road this season...The Bucks have captured 10 of the last 11 home contests against the Celtics...The last time Milwaukee scored 78 points in the opening half was March 24, 1987 against the Knicks...This was the most points the Bucks have scored this season.
02/09 01:35:04 ET