NBA Game Summary - Boston at Milwaukee
(Sunday, January 29th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 83, Boston 79
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Michael Redd scored 21 points as Milwaukee edged Boston 83-79 at the Bradley Center.
T.J. Ford posted 15 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, while Charlie Bell scored 12 points. Bobby Simmons netted 11 points and Jamaal Magloire added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who have won two straight.
"We played well to get the win," said Redd. "This was a weird game. It was a hard grind-it-out type of game. We knew Boston would be eager to come here and ride the momentum of how they won the other night. It was a big win for us."
Wally Szczerbiak scored 20 points to pace Boston, which acquired the forward in a seven-player trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday. Paul Pierce scored 18 points, and Al Jefferson posted 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who have dropped three of their last seven games.
"I'm just learning the plays and everything and having fun out there," said Szczerbiak. We came up just short and have lost a lot of close games. I felt great. My teammates and coaches are making things really easy."
Szczerbiak hit a jumper that closed Boston's gap to 79-76 with 19 seconds on the clock. The Celtics then fouled Redd, and he converted the pair of free throws for a five-point Milwaukee lead.
Pierce drained a jumper with five ticks left to put Boston within two points of the lead. Bell retained possession for the Bucks and scored a layup as time expired, sealing the win.
The Celtics gained an early 16-14 advantage after the first quarter, but the Bucks unleashed a 26-point second quarter to lead 40-34 at halftime.
Milwaukee was outscored by five points in the third quarter, and retained just a 57-56 lead heading into the fourth.
After struggling with inconsistency through much of the first half of the season, the Celtics overhauled their roster on Thursday. They received former All-Star Szczerbiak and centers Michael Olowokandi and Dwayne Jones, while sending guards Ricky Davis and Marcus Banks, forward Justin Reed, and center Mark Blount to Minnesota. The Celtics also came away with a future protected first-round pick, while parting with two second-round selections.
Boston, which will close this short trip in Minnesota on Monday, is a dismal 4-17 away from home this season...The Bucks, who hit the road for a pair of games, are 13-9 in their arena this season...Milwaukee defeated the Celtics earlier in the season and has won six of nine and seven of the last 11 meetings. Boston has also lost 11 of 13 and 14 of 17 at the Bradley Center.
01/29 18:59:10 ET