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Brandon Jennings hit a three from the top of the key to give the Bucks a two point advantage with 20 seconds to play, and they would hold on the beat the Celtics, 91-88.
Paul Pierce missed two potential game tying shots in the final 20 seconds of regulation and led the Celtics with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
Kevin Garnett was whistled for a questionable illegal screen on a Jason Terry drive to the basket late in the fourth that would set up Jennings’ heroic shot. Garnett finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds.
The Celtics opened with a 17-0 lead to start the game. The Bucks stormed back with a 36 point second quarter to cut the Celtics lead to one at the half. The Bucks took their first lead of the game on the first possession of the second half.
The Celtics had no answer for the energy and hustle of Larry Sanders, who scored 18 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, blocked 5 shots and assisted Jennings’ three. Monta Ellis recorded 17 points and 7 assists for a Bucks team that had lost 5 of their last 6 games after opening the season 6-2.
Terry, filling in for the suspended Rajon Rondo, filled up the box score like Rondo with 15 points, 11 assists and 3 steals.
If their is a silver lining to the Rondo suspension it’s that Courtney Lee and Jeff Green seemed to have found a rhythm offensively. Green scored 18 points and Lee added 13 while the duo combined to shoot a blistering 14-for-22 from the field. Hopefully the two can continue their hot shooting when their point guard returns.
Former Celtic Maquis Daniels got the start for the Bucks in place of an injured Mike Dunleavy. Daniels scored 8 points, dished out 5 assists and played some tough defense on his former teammate, Pierce. Pierce shot just 6-for-16 with Daniels on him most of the game.
The Celtics will head home to face off against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday as Rondo returns from his two game suspension.