The Celtics looked like a team playing with fresh legs during the first quarter of Saturday night’s matchup with the Bucks. Then Boston’s crazy November schedule seemed to catch up with the team.
Saturday night’s matchup with the Bucks wrapped up Boston’s sixth back-to-back of November. The game also doubled as the Celtics’ 19th game of the month, which is by far the most of any month this season.
That type of schedule is tough on the legs, and it may have finally broken the C’s over the final three quarters of this game.
Boston flew out of the gates and held a 27-19 lead after the first 12 minutes of basketball. The C’s shot a blistering 13-for-22 (59.1 percent) in the first quarter as Jared Sullinger (nine points), Jeff Green (six points) and Vitor Faverani (six points) led the way.
It seemed as if the Celtics were playing with a full tank of gas during that quarter and the Bucks just couldn’t keep up. Unfortunately for Boston, the Celtics used up all of their gas too early.
As fatigue began to show its face, Milwaukee turned the tables on Boston. The Bucks doubled up the Celtics in the second quarter by a score of 28-14 to take a 47-41 lead into halftime. Their six-point advantage grew to as many as 17 in the second half as Boston continued to fade away.
Saturday’s loss by the Celtics wasn’t about their hearts being in the wrong place. They wanted to win this game and they came out with the intention of playing well. They delivered on those intentions until they ran out of gas over the final three quarters.
Sometimes your body just can’t keep up with what your mind wants to do. In the case of the Celtics, that’s what happened Saturday night.
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Jared Sullinger did it again. Sullinger, who had notched two double-doubles over his past six games, logged another Saturday night against Milwaukee. This one was the seventh of his career.
The second-year big man finished Saturday’s game with a team-high 21 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. His 21 points were just one point shy of the game’s highest total of 22, which was tallied by Bucks guard O.J. Mayo.
Sullinger’s big night can also be described as efficient. He shot a fantastic 10-of-18 from the field, including a 9-of-13 performance from inside the 3-point arc. Sullinger also finished with a team-high mark in the plus/minus category at plus-nine.
Box Score Nuggets
- The teams combined to shoot just 21-of-35 from the free-throw line.
- Boston's bench totaled just 13 points.
- Jared Sullinger (14 rebounds) was the only Celtic who grabbed more than seven boards.
- O.J. Mayo scored a game-high 22 points.
- Sullinger narrowly trailed Mayo with 21 points.
- The Celtics committed just 10 turnovers.
- Both teams scored 22 points in the fourth quarter.
- Boston (46 points) outscored Milwaukee (30 points) by 16 points in the paint.
- The C's logged just four fast break points in the game.
- Jeff Green led the Celtics in assists with six.
- Green and Bradley each scored 18 points.
- John Henson tallied a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds.
- Henson also blocked three shots.
- Avery Bradley fouled out of the game. ]
- Brandon Knight scored 20 points and shot 3-of-3 from long range.
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