Recap: Celtics fend off late Bucks surge to earn ninth straight home win, 112-107

By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully

Isaiah Thomas and Boston Celtics earned their ninth straight victory at TD Garden after handling the Milwaukee Bucks 112-107.

Brad Stevens’ crew came out running in the first quarter, shooting over 60% from the field and capped it off scoring 35 points. Amir Johnson was a big factor early on and finished with his highest point total since January (15 points and 8 rebounds).

The Bucks made it interesting in the second half and surged in the fourth to bring the Celtics lead down to just 4. Clutch shooting by Isaiah Thomas, who scoring 8 of his 27 points in the final five minutes, and Avery Bradley, 18 points and 3 rebounds, shut the door, though, on any Bucks comeback.

Thomas also had an eye-popping pass that will most likely be a Top-10 play on SportsCenter.

Jae Crowder saw himself get into some foul trouble in the game but managed to still be very effective scoring 20 points on 8 for 10 shooting and 8 rebounds.

Game Notes 

  • The Celtics were clearly gassed by the end of that game after running right out of the gate. Going from the first to the fourth quarter, the Celtics scored 35, 27, 26 and then 24 points.
  • Greg Monroe was a focal point for Brad Stevens after he owned his team last time out. For the most part they did a solid job, but he did most of his damage in the second half and finished with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
  • He also got into it with Khris Middleton during a timeout.

  • Bucks second year man Jabari Parker was a big part in his team second half comeback. The forward scored 22 points and had 6 rebounds.

  • The Celtics bench had a night that they’d want to forget. As the starter were a combined plus-33, the bench was a dismal minus-18.

The Celtics have four more games at the TD Garden before they hit the road again. They’ll be on the parquet again on Saturday for a big Eastern Conference matchup against the Miami Heat.


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