Paul Pierce had 12 points on 3-13 FG. Ray Allen had 3 points on 3-3 FTs. The Celtics won't beat many teams when Paul and Ray churn out those types of stat lines.
Andrew Bogut absolutely destroyed the Celtics – 25 points, 17 rebounds, 4 blocks. Meanwhile, Perk had another underwhelming effort on the boards – 5 rebounds. He also had a stupid offensive foul which cost the Celtics a possession with 90 seconds left.
Brandon Jennings (13 points) is one cocky little bastard. He mixed it up with Glen Davis and jawed at Kevin Garnett as the teams walked off the court. He gets hyper when shooting above his pathetic season average of 36%.
The Celtics led 77-72 with 5:58 left in the 4th quarter. The Bucks then rattled off a 14-2 run over the next three minutes.
The key sequence started with 53 seconds left in the game. With Milwaukee up 86-84, the Celtics forced John Salmons into a tough shot with 31 seconds left. He missed, but Bogut got one of his 5 offensive rebounds. The extra possession allowed Milwaukee to burn another 22 seconds off the clock. Credit to Ray Allen for playing tight defense on Salmons which forced Jennings to brick on jumper.
On the Celtics final possession, Milwaukee had a foul to give, which they did with 3.9 seconds on the clock. Pierce got a decent look, but his shot rimmed out. The extra foul really helped Milwaukee in that situation.
Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 20 points (6-10 FG), 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 TOs. He had a spectacular dunk off a missed shot in the 3rd quarter.
A solid effort from the Celtics bench – 29 points on 11-20 FG. Michael Finley had 5 points.
More to come…