NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Boston
(Friday, April 11th)
Final Score: Boston 102, Milwaukee 86
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Rajon Rondo scored 16 points and dished out 10 assists as the Boston Celtics topped the Milwaukee Bucks, 102-86, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Paul Pierce chipped in 14 points and James Posey had 13 off the bench for the Celtics, who had seven players in double figures to extend their home winning streak to seven games. Top-seeded Boston is 34-6 as the host this season.
Michael Redd had 18 points to lead the Bucks, who have lost five straight, nine of 11 and 15 of their last 18 games overall. Milwaukee is a lowly 7-33 as the visitor.
Andrew Bogut chipped in 14 points, while Desmond Mason and Awvee Storey had 12 apiece in a losing cause.
The Celtics started off on an even keel, working hard on the boards while Rondo provided most of the early offense. Boston held a 10-9 edge until Ray Allen canned a three, kicking off a 10-2 run.
The home squad sustained that momentum, and it was 31-21 at the end of the first quarter.
The pace picked up in the second, with the Celtics once again controlling the tempo. Both clubs had problems making shots, though, with Boston relying on a barrage of three balls to keep its edge.
Pierce sandwiched an Allen trey with two of his own in the final minutes, and it was 55-37 at the break.
Boston's lead continued to grow in the third quarter, and it was 72-47 on a Pierce trey at 6:15.
The game was never in doubt from that point. The Celtics carried a 79-58 cushion into the fourth, and the starters mostly enjoyed the rest of the game from the bench.
Kevin Garnett finished with 12 points for Boston, while Ray Allen ended with 11. Tony Allen and Sam Cassell had 10 apiece in the win.
Milwaukee was busy off the court Friday, hiring former Pistons vice president John Hammond as general manager. The club made the announcement during the third quarter...Boston swept the season series, 4-0, and has won six of the last eight meetings...Milwaukee has lost three of four in Beantown.
04/11 22:12:20 ET