BOSTON (Ticker) --
This time, the Boston Celtics were the
ones enjoying garbage time.
scored 32 points in 29 minutes as the Celtics
rolled to their most decisive win of the season, a 110-80 rout
of the struggling Milwaukee Bucks.
On Friday, the Celtics were thoroughly embarrassed on their
home floor, trailing by as many as 42 points and getting
soundly booed by the FleetCenter crowd in a 108-82 defeat to
the Dalllas Mavericks.
The Celtics wasted little time turning the boos to cheers in
this one as they led virtually the entire way and by as many as
34 points in the fourth quarter.
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Boston's biggest win this
season prior to Sunday was a 96-70 rout of Cleveland on March
"I was asked Friday if I was conerned after the Dallas
thumping, how our guys would react," coach Jim O'Brien said.
"My statement was that our guys always react well to adversity.
"I'm proud of the way they play hard, and certainly the ability
to respond to losing streaks and the thumping which we took
against Dallas is something that is a very strong trait of our
Pierce led the way against the Bucks, making 11-of-19 shots
from the field while playing just the first three quarters. He
had 19 points in the third, when the Celtics took control.
"After the last game, that left a bad taste in our mouth, the
way we came out and played," Pierce said. "We just wanted to
come out and play better basketball today, especially on the
added a season-high 19 points (17 in the first half), and Antoine Walker
had 15, seven rebounds and nine assists for Boston, which moved
two games ahead of Orlando for fourth place in the Eastern
had 29 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who
suffered their sixth straight road loss. Milwaukee has lost
seven of nine overall.
The Bucks played without star guard Ray Allen
, who missed his
third straight game with tendinitis in his left knee. To make
matters worse, Tim Thomas
left the contest in the second half
with a right knee injury.
"We're shorthanded without our scorers, but we have to execute
better and find better ways to get points on the board," Bucks
coach George Karl said.
Even if the Bucks had their full complement of players, it
might not have been enough to stop the Celtics, who dominated
from start to finish.
After the Bucks scored the first two points, the Celtics reeled
off a 22-6 run, capped by a pair of foul shots from Pierce. He
had 10 points in the period.
A three-point play by Erick Strickland
with 6:33 left in the
half gave the Celtics their biggest lead at 41-24. Williams
had 11 points in the quarter as Boston settled for a 54-43
Robinson tried to keep the Bucks in it, scoring 12 points in
the second quarter and 18 in the half. Robinson made 11-of-22
shots, going 4-of-5 from 3-point range.
"We're playing in spurts," Robinson said. "We got off to a slow
start and we couldn't get over that hump."
Robinson made a pair of baskets to start the second half, but
Pierce restored order, drilling a 3-pointer and working his way
along the right baseline for an emphatic dunk and a 59-47 lead.
A layup and another dunk by Pierce gave the Celtics their
biggest lead of the quarter at 78-57. The 6-6 swingman who
presents plenty of matchup problems, made 7-of-10 shots in the
"I got my rhythm, and once I got my rhythm, I start feeling it,
and then it doesn't matter who is out there with me," Pierce
said. "I try to mix it up with the penetration and finding
added 16 points and Strickland 10 for Boston,
which shot 45 percent (38-of-84) and held a 50-42 rebounding
Leading by 19 points after three quarters, the Celtics quickly
expanded on that margin with a 17-3 burst to open the fourth,
capped by a 3-pointer from Rogers to take their biggest lead at