Celtics get to 500 on the year, beat Bucks 99-83

By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully

Allowing a 12-4 run and four turnovers to the Bucks to start the game doesn’t always result in win for Brad Stevens and company, but that was the case tonight.

After the run by Milwaukee, Boston proceeded to outscore their opponent 95-71 the rest of the way beating the Bucks 99-83 and improving to 3-3 on the year.

Again it was the starting lineup struggling out of the gate and again Boston’s bench played a big role righting the ship totaling 50 points, 19 rebounds and 14 assists on the night.

With 4:03 left in the 3rd quarter and Boston leading by a couple of possessions, Jae Crowder, Jonas Jerebko, Evan Turner, R.J. Hunter and Kelly Olynyk went on a 14-0 run to all but hang the Bucks over the fireplace.

Game Notes:

  • Avery Bradley left the game in the first half to what the team is calling a bruised lower left leg.

  • Marcus Smart was out again with that nagging toe injury and his status for tomorrow is still up in the air.
  • The starting lineup stayed the same for Boston with Thomas, Bradley, Crowder, Sullinger and Johnson. When Smart is healthy, there isn’t a question that he should be the starter and Isaiah move back to his 6th man role.
  • Sullinger has really been a factor for his team this season and tonight recording a double-double (11 points and 10 rebounds) while also dishing out 3 assists and a steal. Again, with Sullinger it’s not about the ability it’s about how long he can sustain it.
  • R.J. Hunter has been extremely impressive in his first few games as a rookie. Tonight he earned extended minutes logging 19 from the bench and scored 7 points to go with 7 rebounds.

  • David Lee and Evan Turner both turned in strong outings. Lee had an efficient night going 5-7 from the floor for 13 points, while Turner played more minutes due to Bradley’s injury and had 13 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and made a ridiculous shot that didn’t count.

  • James Young and Terry Rozier both basically saw zero playing time playing in just the final minute.
  • Tyler Zeller saw legitimately zero playing time and has gone from Game 1 starter to odd man out rather quickly.


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