It’s always nice to have talent, but sometimes experience can be the attribute that wins you a game. Such was the case Monday night for the Boston Celtics as they pulled away in the fourth quarter and grabbed a 102-86 win over the Bucks in Milwaukee.
Boston opened up the fourth quarter with a fivesome of Jerryd Bayless, Chris Johnson, Jeff Green, Kris Humphries and Kelly Olynyk. Bayless, Green and Humphries combine for 22 years of experience alone, while Johnson and Olynyk are rookies.
Milwaukee countered with a group that consisted of Nate Wolters, Gary Neal, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Ekpe Udoh and Miroslav Raduljica. That’s three rookies and two fourth-year players.
Needless to say, there was a great disparity in experience between these two teams at the start of the final period. It didn’t take long for that disparity to show itself on the floor.
Boston played with a calm confidence as it entered what many call the money quarter. Green (four points), Olynyk (three points) and Bayless (two points) combined to score the first nine points of the quarter for the Celtics. They shot 4-of-4 from the floor over the first two minutes of the fourth.
The group of Bucks on the floor couldn’t keep up with that fine play and faltered quickly in the final frame. Milwaukee began the fourth by missing its first three shots and one of its two free throw attempts. It also committed two turnovers and committed a foul before Brandon Knight made his team’s first field goal at the 8:46 mark.
Knight got his team off the schnide, but it was too little, too late. Boston’s hot start to the fourth had already built up the first double-digit lead of the game and the Celtics cruised from that point on. They shot an incredible 63.6 percent from the field and scored 32 points in the fourth to blow this one open and win their fourth game in their last five tries.
Key Box Score Line
Fans want Jeff Green to become more consistent. Well, he’s starting to answer those calls.
Green scored a game-high 29 points Monday night in Milwaukee to mark the third such time he has scored as many points in the last 10 games. He also lightly peppered the rest of the box score with a rebound, three assists, one block and two steals.
Monday night certainly didn’t look like a great one for Green during the first quarter, when he shot just 1-of-4 from the field. But as the game wore on, Green grew stronger.
Boston’s leading scorer dropped in eight points in both the second and third quarters before dropping in 11 in the fourth. He made 10 of his final 18 shots on the night to finish with an 11-for-22 mark in the game. Green was unstoppable from inside the 3-point arc, where he made 10 of his 16 shot attempts. All of these numbers helped him to finish with the top plus/minus rating among the game’s starters, at plus-10.
Box Score Nuggets
- Kelly Olynyk (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Jared Sullinger (13 points, 10 rebounds) accounted for the game's only double-doubles.
- Olynyk's night marked the first double-double of his career.
- This was Sullinger's sixth consecutive double-double.
- There were 14 lead changes in the game.
- Both teams made four fast break baskets.
- Jeff Green scored a game-high 29 points.
- The Celtics limited the Bucks to 22 points or less in each of the final three quarters.
- Milwaukee made four more free throws (18) than Boston attempted (14).
- Brandon Knight led the Bucks with 22 points.
- Phil Pressey recorded a game-high six assists .
- Four of Boston's five starters scored at least 12 points.
- Brandon Bass scored his first 12 points in the first quarter.
- No one on Milwaukee's team grabbed more than eight rebounds.
Quote of the Night
We're with each other every single day working out with each other and I just love when he does well. I see the work he puts in on and off the court, and when he does well it puts a smile on my face. Phil Pressey on the relationship he has with Kelly OlynykMore quotes >>