NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Boston|
(Friday, December 21st)
Final Score: Milwaukee 99, Boston 94 (OT)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Monta Ellis scored 27 points, including five in
overtime, and the Milwaukee Bucks continued their recent success against the
Boston Celtics by earning a 99-94 victory at TD Garden.
Luc Mbah a Moute added 20 points, while Larry Sanders amassed 17 points and a
career-best 20 rebounds to help the Bucks post their third win in four outings
against Boston this season.
Brandon Jennings nearly tallied a triple-double for Milwaukee, which overcome
an eight-point deficit to start the fourth quarter -- then squandered a seven-
point lead in the final minute of regulation. The point guard finished with 12
points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.
"The fact that we showed some resolve was a good sign for us," Bucks head
coach Scott Skiles said.
Two nights after pouring in a season-high 40 points in a win over Cleveland,
Paul Pierce racked up 35 along with 12 rebounds for Boston, and knocked down a
clutch 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter to force
overtime. Jeff Green had 14 points in the loss, the Celtics' fourth in their
last five games.
"He's the only one that really had it going," Celtics head coach Doc Rivers
said of Pierce.
A frantic final 17 minutes began with Boston owning a 70-62 lead, but the
Bucks started off the fourth quarter with a 12-2 run to forge ahead. Mike
Dunleavy scored the first five points of the spurt, which Jennings capped with
a long-range jumper that put Milwaukee up 74-72 four minutes into the frame.
The Bucks continued to dominate the game's latter stages, with a Sanders hook
with 4:38 to go accounting for an 81-76 edge. And when Ellis made 1-of-2 foul
shots with 42.2 seconds left, Milwaukee was ahead by an 88-81 score and
appearing on its way to victory
Pierce had other ideas, however. The veteran star made a pair of free throws
on the ensuing possession, and after Green followed two Jennings misses from
the line with an alley-oop dunk with 29 seconds remaining to pull Boston
within 88-85, buried a 26-footer on a second-chance look to knot the contest
with 2.5 seconds on the clock.
The teams traded buckets for nearly the entire extra session, with the game
tied at 94-94 after Boston's Kevin Garnett drained an open jumper with 36.1
Ellis then drew a foul on the other end and made 1-of-2 bonus tries to send
the Bucks back in front. Pierce was whistled for an offensive foul on Boston's
next trip, and Jennings sank both from the stripe to make it a three-point
game with 18.5 seconds left.
Pierce then misfired on another would-be tying shot, with Jennings corralling
the rebound and feeding Sanders for an uncontested dunk that sealed the
Boston controlled the action over most of the first three quarters, with Green
netting six points during a 12-1 spurt that gave the Celtics a 22-12 advantage
late in the opening period.
The Celtics remained on top by double digits with three minutes left in the
first half, but Milwaukee closed the second quarter on a 10-3 burst capped by
Ersan Ilysova's 3-pointer just before the buzzer that trimmed the deficit to
A driving layup from Ellis just past the midway stage of the third quarter
forged a 56-56 tie, and the game remained deadlocked until Boston ended the
stanza with a 10-2 run.
Green left the game with 18.5 seconds in overtime after being inadvertently
elbowed by Ilysova while both were going for a rebound ... Boston guard
Leandro Barbosa was not available due to a personal matter ... The Celtics had
won five straight at TD Garden dating back to a Nov. 28 loss to Brooklyn, a
game best remembered for an altercation between Boston's Rajon Rondo and the
Nets' Kris Humphries ... Boston had won all six meetings in this series
between the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns ... Pierce made 13-of-23 field goal
attempts, but the remainder of the Celtics roster shot just 32.4 percent (23-
of-71) ... Sanders' previous career high for rebounds was 16, set against the
Celtics back on Dec. 1.
12/22 02:21:49 ET