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Celtics roll over Bucks
Kelly Olynyk came off the bench to record 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds and Jared Sullinger notched 13 points and 10 boards for the Celtics, who controlled the glass 43-36. Phil Pressey registered 13 points and a game-best six assists and Brandon Bass added 12 points to go with seven rebounds for Boston, which played without guards Rajon Rondo (rest) and Avery Bradley (ankle).
Brandon Knight's 22 points led the offense for the Bucks, who have lost three straight and fell to 1-4 in February. Gary Neal had 17 points and John Henson pitched in 16 for Milwaukee, who played without several key regulars in the latest chapter of a woeful season plagued by ineffectiveness, illness and injury.
Bass powered the offense early on for the Celtics, scoring 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting as Boston compiled a 26-24 lead after the opening frame, despite the rest of the team converting just 6-of-17 from the field. Milwaukee moved ahead near the midway point of the second stanza when a 3-pointer from Nate Wolters made it 39-36 but the Celtics answered with eight unanswered points and held on for a 49-46 advantage at halftime.
The third quarter featured four lead changes before Boston answered a 3-pointer from Neal with a 7-2 run to end the period and hit the fourth up 70-68. The Celtics used a 9-1 spurt to start the final stanza with some breathing room and ran away after a Knight 3-pointer pulled the Bucks within 82-75, using a 13-3 charge that featured seven points from Olynyk to put the game away.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Bradley is unlikely to see action until after the All-Star break after aggravating an injury that cost him five games in January. ... With C Larry Sanders (fractured right orbital bone) out indefinitely after an elbow from Houston G James Harden on Saturday, the Bucks' frontcourt took another blow as Henson left with an ankle injury late in the fourth quarter and did not return. ... Milwaukee G Giannis Antetokuonmpo is just 2-of-17 shooting for 10 points in his last three games combined following a three-game stretch in which he averaged 11 points on 10-of-19 from the field.