Williams, Redd Score 24 Each as Bucks Win
Milwaukee 100, Boston 96
BOSTON, Dec. 16 (Ticker) -- Maurice Williams is helping make road trips a more positive experience for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Williams and Michael Redd scored 24 points apiece to lead five players in double figures as the Bucks posted a 100-96 triumph over the Boston Celtics.
"Winning games on the road builds your confidence," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "To know that you have the ability to hold on ... and weather a storm and make plays when you need to make them is not only important for these games but for a young team, it builds confidence all throughout the season."
Milwaukee took advantage of a poor second quarter in which Boston hit just 2-of-20 shots from the floor and scored 11 points.
The Bucks got 12 points from Williams and a pair of 3-pointers from Redd during a 22-2 run, grabbing a 46-29 lead with 3:02 to go before halftime.
"If a team shoots 2-for-20 in a quarter, you've got to be pretty happy with that," Stotts said. "It's partly good defense and it's partly they missed some open shots."
Boston closed the third quarter with a 15-3 spurt, capped by an off-balance 3-pointer by Raef LaFrentz from the right sideline at the buzzer that cut the deficit to 75-70.
Ricky Davis opened the fourth quarter with a three-point play before assisting on baskets by LaFrentz and Al Jefferson that enabled the Celtics to tie the score, 77-77.
Williams answered with an 18-footer to put Milwaukee on top for good.
"I went from about 30 percent one day to about 70 percent the next day," Williams said of his injury. "Today, I felt about 85-90 percent. It got a little stiff at halftime. I just need to get some treatment on it and get it loose."
"We know that teams are going to make a run," Redd said. "We're getting better at holding our composure."
T.J. Ford scored a pair of breakout layups before hitting 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch and finished with 19 points for Milwaukee.
The Celtics committed 16 turnovers that led to 20 points for the Bucks, who also held a 17-10 advantage in fast-break points.
"On every fast break, it felt like Milwaukee scored," Boston coach Doc Rivers said. "I don't know how many opportunities we had. Three-on-ones, turnover. Two-on-ones, turnover. It's tough to win games that way."
Rookie Andrew Bogut scored 13 points and Jamaal Magloire 11 for the Bucks, who are 6-0 on the road against Eastern Conference opponents.
"We did a tremendous job of moving the basketball," Redd said. "We moved the basketball, unselfish and guys were able to get open shots."
Paul Pierce had 23 points and 10 assists and Davis and Mark Blount added 14 points each for Boston, which has lost three of its last four games.
"I didn't come to play today," Pierce said. "My man constantly beat me off the dribble late in the game. We rebounded with them but we didn't give it the second effort. I let my team down today."
The Celtics are the NBA's lone team without consecutive wins.