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The Celtics snapped their two game losing streak Sunday night with an easy win over the Milwaukee Bucks 87-56. The Celtics answered many questions and proved that their defense is still very potent. The defense helped create a new franchise record for fewest points allowed by the Celtics in a single game in the shot clock era (56).
Ray Allen went 6-10 from the field including 2-2 from long range to lead all scorers with 17 points. Paul Pierce contributed 14 points and Nenad Krstic had another solid night scoring 11 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. The Bucks trailed 20-9 at the end of the first quarter and only had one player in double digits in ANY category for the whole game (Earl Barron scored 10 points).
The Celtics did turn the ball over 17 times, but there were quite a few things to be optimistic about.
Glen Davis returned to the Celtics lineup tonight scoring nine points and grabbing seven rebounds. It’s always exhilarating to see someone come back from an injury and immediately play well. Doc Rivers spread the minutes equally and did a great job resting the starters during the blowout.
Nenad Krstic has really been playing well over the past couple games. He has scored 48 points and grabbed 37 rebounds in the past three games, which is an average of 16 points and 12 rebounds (both of which are higher averages than what Kendrick Perkins had been producing).
Delonte West hopes to come back from injury quicker than expected which will only benefit the Celtics that much more. The additions of Carlos Arroyo and Sasha Pavlovic have helped players like Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen get some well deserved rest and adding West back into the mix will save more minutes. The Celtics now head down to New Jersey to take on the Nets tomorrow night still leading the Eastern Conference by a half game over the Chicago Bulls.