Box Score Nuggets
Quote of the Night
Jerryd Bayless nearly gave the Celtics a chance at a miraculous overtime win.
Then Avery Bradley gave it right back.
Boston fell behind 111-109 with 1.0 second left on the clock in regulation before Brad Stevens called for a timeout. He drew up a play that was supposed to be for a tip-in to tie the game. However, he wound up getting two free throws for the Celtics.
Stevens called for Kelly Olynyk to dive to the basket and catch a lob play over the top. As he approached the basket and rose to catch the lob, Bayless gave him a slight shove in the back, garnering a whistle from the nearest referee. Olynyk straddled the line and calmly sank both freebies, tying the game up at 111-111, still with 1.0 second left on the game clock.
It appeared that this contest was heading to overtime despite the fact that the Celtics had trailed by as many as 19 points during the second half. That was until Bradley and the Celtics made a similarly disturbing play to Bayless’ error on Milwaukee’s ensuing possession.
The Bucks inbounded the ball to Khris Middleton about 20 feet from the basket on the left wing. He would have had to catch the ball, spin and shoot all in one motion to get a shot off, let alone make it. As Middleton began his shooting motion and rose into the air, Bradley inexplicably reached in for the ball and caught Middleton’s hand. A foul was rightfully called, giving Middleton a chance to all but put this game in Milwaukee’s back pocket with 0.6 seconds left on the clock.
Middleton nailed the first free throw and missed the second on purpose. Jae Crowder grabbed the board and tossed up a three-quarters court shot that never had a chance at falling through.
With that, the Bucks had sealed a 112-111 win over the Celtics in the craziest of fashion.
Greg Monroe dominated Tuesday night’s matchup between the Celtics and the Bucks despite coming off the bench for the very first time this season.
Monroe scored a game-high 29 points on 13-of-21 shooting. With the exception of one basket, a buzzer-beating hook shot from just outside the paint to end the third quarter, all of his baskets were scored within five feet of the hoop.
No other player in the game logged a double-double, while Monroe tallied 29 points to go along with 12 rebounds. He also dished out two assists and blocked two shots.
It must be noted that Monroe made quick work of the Celtics. He accrued all of these statistics despite playing fewer than 30 minutes. He was on the court for only 29 minutes and 32 seconds.
Box Score Nuggets
- Milwaukee scored 25 points off of Boston's 18 turnovers.
- Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder led the Celtics in scoring with 18 points apiece.
- Jerryd Bayless made four of his six 3-point attempts to account for 12 of his 14 points off of Milwaukee's bench.
- Greg Monroe, who came off the bench for the first time this season, recorded game highs of 29 points and 12 rebounds.
- Both teams led by double-figures in the game.
- Boston scored 37 points during the fourth quarter while erasing what was a 19-point deficit heading into the period.
- Evan Turner dished out a game-high 10 assists.
- Michael Carter-Williams, who also came off the bench for the Bucks, stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, six rebounds, five assists and a steal.
- Six Celtics scored between 12 and 18 points.
- Both teams shot at least 46.4 percent from the field, led by Milwaukee's 51.1 percent showing.
- The Celtics made 23 of their 24 free throws.
Quote of the Night
He just won a game for us the other day (in Cleveland).
Jae Crowder on what he thinks of Avery Bradley after Bradley's poor decision to foul on Milwaukee's final possession.