NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Boston
(Friday, March 10th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 92, Boston 86
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Michael Redd poured in 26 points, dished out six assists and hit four key free throws down the stretch to help Milwaukee best Boston, 92-86, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Bobby Simmons added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks, who snapped a three-game skid. Jamaal Magloire chipped in with 16 points while T.J. Ford and Andrew Bogut both netted 11 in the win.
"This was a big win for us," Milwaukee head coach Terry Stotts said. "There is no two ways about it. Boston has been playing well and we needed a win in a big way and I was proud of the way our guys gutted it out and we had a lot of contributions from a lot of people and we did a lot of the little things that you need to do to win on the road."
Paul Pierce recorded 24 points and dished out eight assists for the Celtics, who lost for just the third time in their past eight outings. Wally Szczerbiak chipped in with 18 points while Ryan Gomes had 12 in the loss.
The Celtics opened the fourth quarter by sandwiching a Simmons tip-in with a pair of treys, by Szczerbiak and Scalabrine, to take a 76-70 advantage with just over 10 minutes left.
Milwaukee responded with six straight points over the next two minutes. Simmons capped the mini-spurt with a three to deadlock things at 76.
The two teams then traded buckets over the next several minutes and stood tied at 82 with 4:34 on the clock.
Milwaukee finally forged ahead with back-to-back driving layups by Simmons and Charlie Bell to make it 86-82 with 3:17 remaining.
Pierce then sandwiched a pair of Simmons free throws with a turnaround jumper and a free throw of his own to make the score 88-85 with 2:35 left.
Neither team was able to score again until Pierce drew a very questionable foul with 13 ticks left. The All-Star was trying to tie the game from long range and enticed the official to call the foul.
An excellent free throw shooter, Pierce, uncharacteristically, missed the first. He made the second and was forced to miss the third on purpose.
Redd was able to grab the rebound and hit his free throws to seal things for Milwaukee.
"I guess I was thinking too much about overtime and not focused enough on making all three (free throws)," Pierce said. "I guess I'm human after all. You make some shots at the end of games and sometimes you miss and tonight was just one of those nights."
Boston took a 24-20 advantage after the first 12 minutes and extended that lead to seven, 46-39, by intermission. The Bucks used an excellent third quarter to draw within two, 70-68, heading into the final frame.
Pierce is the only player in the league to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists and steals per game...Boston is 18-14 at home this season...Milwaukee is 13-18 as the guest...Pierce had scored at least 30 points in seven straight games.
03/10 23:21:41 ET