BOSTON (Ticker) -- This time, the Boston Celtics were the ones enjoying garbage time.

Paul Pierce 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 20.

"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 basketball team."

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 defensive end."

Eric Williams 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 Conference.

Glenn Robinson 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 advantage.

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 period.

"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 other people."

Rodney Rogers added 16 points and Strickland 10 for Boston, which shot 45 percent (38-of-84) and held a 50-42 rebounding advantage.

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 99-65.