Bucks beat Celtics 92-85 to end 11-game skid
By JOE DiGIOVANNI
The Associated Press | December 01,2013
Milwaukee’s O.J. Mayo is covered by Boston’s Jared Sullinger and Brandon Bass during Saturday’s game in Milwaukee.
MILWAUKEE — O.J. Mayo rebounded from a subpar game with 22 points and the Milwaukee Bucks snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 92-85 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.
Two of Milwaukee’s three victories this season have come against Boston. The Bucks beat the Celtics, 105-98, on Nov. 1 in Boston.
Jared Sullinger scored 21 points and had 14 rebounds, while Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford added 18 points apiece for the Celtics.
Milwaukee’s Brandon Knight had his second consecutive solid game, scoring 20 points with nine rebounds and eight assists after scoring 17 points against Charlotte.
Boston missed its first nine shots of the fourth quarter, allowing Milwaukee to go on a 10-0 run and take an 80-63 lead on Gary Neal’s short jumper with 7:24 to go.
The Celtics then went on an 18-5 run, pulling within 88-81 on Green’s 3-pointer with 1:20 to go. After each team failed to score on their next possessions, Knight made a layup to make it 90-81 with 55 seconds to go.
Mayo scored only five points on 2-of-11 shooting in the Bucks’ 92-76 loss Friday night at Charlotte, but shot 9 of 14 Saturday to give Milwaukee its first win since beating Cleveland 109-104 on Nov. 6.
John Henson had a season-high 13 points and 13 rebounds for Milwaukee.
Mayo had eight points in the third quarter and the Bucks led 70-63 heading to the fourth.
Knight made all five of his shots, including two 3-pointers, to score 12 points in the second quarter, helping Milwaukee to a 47-41 halftime lead. The Bucks took the lead for good at 44-41 on Knight’s 3-pointer with 1:42 left in the half.
The Celtics have struggled at the start of games but came out with a solid first quarter for the second consecutive game. Sullinger had nine points and Boston scored 20 points in the paint to lead 27-19 after one.
Notes: Caron Butler (knee) and Ersan Ilysasova (hamstring, thumb) missed the game for Milwaukee. Butler is expected to miss about a week. ... Rajon Rondo (knee rehab), Kelly Olynyk (sprained right ankle) and Courtney Lee (sore knee) didn’t make the trip to Milwaukee. . Sullinger was called for a flagrant 1 foul when he fouled a driving Khris Middleton with 6:03 left in the third quarter. . The 11-game losing streak was tied for the second longest in team history. The longest was 15 games in March 1996.