Wednesday , Apr , 04 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Bucks top Celtics

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Earl Boykins scored 32 points on 13-of-19
shooting from the floor to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 98-89 victory over
the Boston Celtics at the Bradley Center.

Charlie Bell added 25 points for Milwaukee, which got 21 points and 12
rebounds from Ruben Patterson. Dan Gadzuric ripped down 15 boards for the
Bucks, who snapped a seven-game skid.

Michael Redd missed the game for Milwaukee, as he is nursing a sore left knee.
Mo Williams also sat out with a knee injury for the Bucks.

Boston was also shorthanded, as leading scorer Paul Pierce remained sidelined
with inflammation in his left elbow and a sore left foot.

Al Jefferson also missed the contest for the Celtics. Jefferson collided with
teammate Ryan Gomes at practice on Tuesday, aggravating a left knee injury he
originally suffered two weeks ago. The standout forward is listed as day-to-
day.

Five Boston players reached double figures in scoring in the loss, and Rajon
Rondo led the way with 16 points. Kevinn Pinkney added 15 points for the
Celtics in his first game since being signed to a 10-day contract by the
squad. Pinkney, a 6’10 forward, played in the NBA Development League this
season.

Allan Ray also managed 15 points for Boston, which got 13 points from Gomes
and 10 points from Delonte West, but the Celtics lost their third straight
road contest. After just 17 minutes of action, West suffered a sprained left
ankle and didn’t return.

Milwaukee led 25-21 at the end of the first quarter, thanks in large part to
an early 15-4 run.

Boston fought back to grab a six-point advantage in the second quarter, but
the Bucks regained control and owned a 53-52 edge at intermission

In a game that featured 18 lead changes, Milwaukee maintained control
throughout the second half. The Bucks led by seven points after three quarters
and limited the Celtics to 17 points in the fourth quarter.

Game Notes

Boston won the first two meetings with Milwaukee this season…These teams
will square of again next Friday in Boston…The Bucks shot 7-of-17 from
three-point range, compared to 4-of-16 for Boston…The Celtics lost despite
attempting 12 more shots from the floor than the Bucks.

BOS MIL