Bucks Spoil Celtics Home Opener
Milwaukee beats Boston, 99-88
Published: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Updated: Saturday, November 3, 2012 20:11
Looking to rebound after Tuesday night’s season opening 120-107 loss to the Miami Heat, Boston put together another poor effort on the defensive end as the Bucks raced out to a 99-88 win.
Boston lacked a sense of awareness early on as they allowed the Bucks to run up and down the court with ease. Milwaukee took control of the game midway through the first and never budged.
Boston lead Milwaulke 10-8, before their offense disappeared. The Bucks went on a 24-6 run that gave Milwaukee complete control of the game. Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings was at the forefront, scoring 21 points dishing out 13 assists, and adding 6 steals as he outplayed Rajon Rondo on both ends of the court.
“You know, playing a team like Boston you have to be aggressive.” Jennings said “If not, they’ll just take over the game right away. Our whole role was just to come out aggressive.” Bucks second year pro Tobias Harris added 18 points and Monta Ellis chipped in with 14.
Trailing 46-30 at halftime, Kevin Garnett got off to a quick start to begin the third quarter, scoring 10 points. But Boston could not gain full momentum in the quarter, only able to cut the lead to 13 before Milwaukee took control for good.
“I don’t like our urgency yet.“ Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers said. “When you watch us play, I don’t like how we’re approaching the games. And until we (improve) that we’re going to struggle.”
Garnett lead the way for the Celtics with 15 points, Rondo scored 14 and added 11 assists.
The Celtics will look to pick up their first win Saturday night in the Nation’s capital as they take on the Washington Wizards.
NOTES: Paul Pierce struggled only scoring 11 points on 11 shots… Bright spots for Boston’s bench, Jeff Green provided offense scoring 11 points while rookie Jared Sullinger pulled down 7 rebounds… The Bucks opened their season on the road for the 28th consecutive year and picked up their first opening night win since 2006… Bucks swingman Marquis Daniels, who spent the last three seasons with the Celtics, received a nice ovation as he checked into the game ... However, the biggest ovation of the night went to Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz agreed to a two-year 26 million deal Friday night.