Boston Massacre ends: Celts down Bucks, halt skid at 18
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce poured in 32 points as the Boston
Celtics ended a franchise-record 18-game losing streak with a 117-97 blowout
win over the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Banknorth Garden.
Gerald Green deposited 21 points and Al Jefferson had 17 and 10 boards for the
Celtics, who also snapped a franchise-worst 13-game home skid. The win was
Boston’s first since January 5.
Mo Williams scored 31 points, Charlie Bell had 24 and Brian Skinner scored 13
with 11 rebounds for Milwaukee, which lost its fourth straight.
After the Bucks scored the first five points in the third, Boston took
control of the game with a 16-3 run, capped by a Brian Scalabrine three
putting the Celtics ahead 74-62. Pierce scored eight points during the surge.
Milwaukee trailed 89-74 heading into the fourth and were never able to get
within 11 in the final frame.
Milwaukee held a 32-19 advantage after one quarter.
The Celtics rallied in the second, scoring 39 points to take a 58-54 lead at
the break despite being outrebounded 22-11 and allowing the Bucks to shoot
62.9 percent during the half.
Boston’s Wally Szczerbiak returned after missing two games with a sprained
right ankle and scored 14 points…Boston won for the first time since January
5th…It was the first time Pierce and Szczerbiak both played since a win on
December 16, which gave the Celtics a five-game winning streak. Boston was
2-25 since then…Boston shot 54.9 percent, Milwaukee finished at 51.3…The
Bucks outrebounded Boston 43-29 in the defeat.