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The Celtics took the court at the TD Banknorth Garden for the first time this season and proceeded to let Brandon Jennings and the Milwaukee Bucks run them off their home court, 99-88.
Jennings finished with 21 points, 13 assists and 6 steals for a Bucks team making their season debut. Rajon Rondo was the best of the lackluster Celtics and finished with 14 points and 11 assists. Friday marked the 26th consecutive regular season game that Rondo has recorded double digits in assists.
The Celtics trailed by seven after the first quarter and 16 at the half, and weren’t able to cut the Bucks lead below 11 the rest of the contest. The Celtics turned the ball over 18 times and got out rebounded by 10 boards all while shooting under 45 percent from the field.
Paul Pierce was the epitome of the Celtics struggles, as the captain failed to connect on a field goal in the first half and finished with 11 points on 3-for-11 shooting and 4 turnovers. Kevin Garnet also struggled from the field and only connected on 6 of his 14 shot attempts.
Second year forward Tobias Harris got the best of the battle in the paint and recorded 18 points and 6 rebounds for the Bucks. Harris’ efforts were aided by Larry Sanders who scored 10 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and blocked a pair of shots.
Brandon Bass had 10 points and 6 rebounds while Jeff Green put in 11 points from the Celtics bench. Jason Terry scored the majority of his 10 in garbage time. Jared Sullinger led the Celtics in rebounding with 7 while adding 6 points.
The Celtics play the Wizards tomorrow in Washington and play them again back at the Garden next Wednesday as they seek redemption for their shaky start thus far.