Keys to the Game


Evan Turner heads to the hoop against the Bucks in Milwaukee Saturday night.
Evan Turner heads to the hoop against the Bucks in Milwaukee Saturday night.
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Key Moment
Key Player
Box Score Nuggets
Quote of the Night

Key Moment

Playing their fourth game in five nights, the Celtics had tired legs, but still managed to be in a one-possession game at the end Saturday in Milwaukee.

The key moment came down to Brandon Knight trying to run pick-and-roll, and Knight got a favorable result: Brandon Bass matching up with him one-on-one on the perimeter. Bass, whose versatility on the defensive end earns him playing time in such situations, did his job and forced a fade-away jumper.

Knight, who dropped 24 points over the first three quarters and hadn’t scored in the fourth, sank the fadeaway, putting Milwaukee up 96-93.

With 6.7 seconds to play, the Celtics managed to get a look at a 3 with Jae Crowder in the corner, and according to Brad Stevens, it looked true from the bench. But Crowder’s shot didn’t connect and Boston-s 14-point, second-half comeback bid fell short.

There were 13 lead changes in a back-and-forth first half. There were none in the second half.

Key Player

Tyler Zeller, who had just two points at the half, scored eight points during the third as the Celtics battled to keep the game within reach. But Jared Sullinger had perhaps the best all-around game for Boston, scoring 17 points on 8-for-14 shooting. He also grabbed seven rebounds and didn’t commit a turnover.

Sullinger’s been emerging as a consistent force for the Celtics of late, and his work in the paint Saturday night against the Bucks was solid and efficient.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Six Celtics scored in double-figures Saturday night.
  • Brandon Bass was the only Celtic who appeared in the game who didn’t score seven points or more.
  • The Celtics struggled from long range, connecting on just seven of 29 3-pointers.
  • Milwaukee blocked six Boston shots; the Celtics mustered just one block of their own.
  • Both teams connected on 14 free throw attempts.
  • The Celtics outscored the Bucks in second-chance points, 21-10, thanks to an 11-6 offensive rebound advantage.
  • Every Celtic who played recorded at least three rebounds.
  • The Celtics held the Bucks to just 16 points during the fourth, but only scored 18 of their own.
  • Milwaukee burned the Celtics on fast-break points, outscoring Boston 16-3 in transition.

Quote of the Night

"I thought we got a great look. To get a look with a little bit of size, and a little bit of an advantage, we thought it in off the bench. Looked good off his hand. It’s a fairly open look for 3 inside six seconds or so. That’s all you can ask for."

Brad Stevens on Jae Crowder's 3-pointer in the game's final seconds.

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