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                      === Jennings, Bucks top Celtics ===
 
 Milwaukee,  WI (Sports  Network) -  Brandon  Jennings buried  the go-ahead  3-
 pointer  late  in the fourth  quarter and the Bucks  overcame a rough start to
 defeat the Celtics, 91-88, on Saturday.
 
 Jennings  finished with 13 points and six rebounds. Fresh off his first career
 triple-double,  Larry Sanders  scored a  team-high 18  points, pulled  down 16
 boards  and blocked  five shots in the  win for the Bucks, who won consecutive
 games against Boston for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
 
 "Obviously we didn't start the game very well," said Bucks coach Scott Skiles,
 whose team fell behind 17-0 before they scored a point. "But we fought our way
 back,  gained a  little momentum  going into  halftime and  after that  start,
 overall we played a pretty good game."
 
 Monta  Ellis  shot just 6-of-20, but  tallied 17 points, seven assists and two
 steals  in  the victory. Ersan Ilyasova  added 15 points and five rebounds off
 the bench.
 
 Without suspended point guard Rajon Rondo, Jason Terry filled his role with 15
 points  and  11 assists, but  Terry and Paul  Pierce both missed from downtown
 with  a chance  to tie the game  on Boston's final possession. Pierce scored a
 game-high 19 points and also had six assists in the loss.
 
 In a fourth quarter that featured six lead changes, Pierce drained a 3-pointer
 to break a tie and put Boston ahead 88-85 with 1:44 remaining.
 
 An exchange of turnovers gave the ball back to the Bucks and Ellis fed Sanders
 underneath  the hoop  for an uncontested dunk, pulling them to within one with
 under a minute remaining.
 
 Ilyasova  then grabbed the rebound off a Pierce miss, and following a timeout,
 Jennings  caught  the inbound pass  and buried a  wide-open look from three to
 give the Bucks a two-point edge with 24 seconds left.
 
 Terry looked to answer Jennings' three with one of his own, but it clanked off
 the  rim and  into the  hands of  Sanders. The  Celtics fouled  him and  after
 sinking the first free throw, his second rimmed out.
 
 Jeff  Green grabbed  the board and gave  the Celtics a chance to tie the game,
 but  Pierce and  Terry each missed long  triples and the Bucks held on for the
 victory.
 
 "I  thought both  teams hung in there.  They made some big shots and we missed
 some,"  Celtics  coach Doc Rivers  said. "It's always  going to be a make-miss
 league."
 
 Boston  dominated  the first  quarter and  tallied the first  17 points of the
 game.  Courtney  Lee scored  nine in  the opening  quarter on 4-of-5 shooting,
 while  fellow backcourt  mate Jason Terry dropped in seven to help the Celtics
 out to a 27-11 lead.
 
 But  Milwaukee stormed  back  in the  second, shooting  63.6  percent for  the
 quarter. Ilyasova drained two 3-pointers and Jennings scored seven to help the
 Bucks pull within 48-47 at half.
 
 The  teams went back and forth in the third until Terry broke a 60-60 tie with
 a  trey before  Green  and Lee  each  scored on  layups to  cap  a 7-0  spurt.
 However,  the Bucks drew even by the end of the period on a pair of Ellis free
 throws.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Bucks  beat the Celtics in  their season opener, giving them back-to-back
 victories over Boston for the first time since 4/4/07 and 4/13/07 ... Luc Mbah
 a Moute made his season debut and scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds
 ...  The Celtics came  in as winners in 15 of the last 19 contests against the
 Bucks.
 
 12/02 03:21:49 ET

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