December 21, 2012; Boston, MA USA; Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) drives to the basket while being defended by Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders (8) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Pierce goes for 35, but Celtics bucked by Milwaukee


Monta Ellis scored 27 points and his Milwaukee Bucks dominated on the glass as they outscored the Boston Celtics 99-94 in overtime at TD Garden in Boston Friday night.

Paul Pierce continued his torrid shooting, pouring in 35 points and dragging down 12 boards for Boston, but was ultimately trumped by a 17 point, 20 rebound effort from Larry Sanders as Milwaukee survived a Celtics’ rally that got the game to overtime.  Milwaukee outrebounded Boston by a 57-44 margin.

That Boston was even in this game was a minor miracle as they suffered though a horrible shooting night of just 38%.  Jeff Green scored 14 and Courtney Lee chipped in 12 points for the Celtics, who fell to .500 yet again at 13-13.  Green left the court shortly before the final buzzer after taking a wicked elbow from Milwaukee’s Ersan Ilyasova, head wrapped in a towel.

Kevin Garnett had yet another atrocious shooting night, hitting on just 6 of 22 shots for 12 points, but did account for a long jumper in overtime that tied the score with 37 seconds left, while his front court help in Jason Collins turned out to be of little significance, scoring but 2 points.

Sanders’ domination of the boards overshadowed solid efforts from Mbah a Moute, who scored 20 points and Brandon Jennings, who got under Rajon Rondo’s skin all game.  Rondo scored just six points and earned a technical foul for taunting Jennings, but hauled down 5 rebounds and served up 11 dimes.

Jennings logged 12 points and pulled down 11 boards while dishing out 8 assists.

The Celtics trailed 88-81 with under a minute to play before Pierce took matters into his own hands, scoring five consecutive points, tying it on a three with 2.5 seconds to play.  The Celtics went cold in the extra frame, while the Bucks lived at the foul line, outscoring Boston 11-6 to provide Milwaukee with the win.

The Bucks won for the sixth time in eight games, taking three of four against  the Celtics, who had a five-game home winning streak snapped.

The Celtics have a few days off before beginning their Christmas week four-games-in-five-nights road trip in Brooklyn against the Nets on Christmas Day, then heading to California for 3 games.  Milwaukee has a quick turn around, taking their 14-11 record home to host the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday night.

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