December 1, 2013

NBA roundup: Bucks down Celtics again

Milwaukee has three wins this season, two against Boston.

The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — O.J. Mayo rebounded from a subpar game with 22 points Saturday night and the Milwaukee Bucks snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 92-85 victory against the Boston Celtics.

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Jared Sullinger, who scored 21 points Saturday night for the Boston Celtics, lifts a shot over John Henson of the Milwaukee Bucks during the Bucks’ 92-85 victory.

The Associated Press

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, and Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford added 18 points apiece for the Celtics.

Brandon Knight of Milwaukee 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 on 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.

TIMBERWOLVES 112, MAVERICKS 106: Kevin Martin had 27 points with some key baskets late, Kevin Love had his usual double-double and Minnesota won at Dallas to snap a three-game slide.

Martin made two free throws with just under six minutes left to put Minnesota up 94-90. Ricky Rubio then had a steal that led to a long fast-break jumper by Martin.

ROCKETS 112, SPURS 106: James Harden scored 31 points, Chandler Parsons had 25, and Houston overcame a furious second-half rally to hand San Antonio its first home defeat.

WIZARDS 108, HAWKS 101: John Wall had 26 points and 12 assists, Trevor Ariza scored 24 points and made five 3-pointers, and Washington won at home.

CAVALIERS 97, BULLS 93: Andrew Bynum and Dion Waiters each scored 20 points, and Cleveland held on at home.

NETS 97, GRIZZLIES 88: Joe Johnson scored 26 points, Brook Lopez added 12 of his 20 in the fourth quarter and Brooklyn won at Memphis, Tenn.

NOTES

MAVERICKS: Guard Jose Calderon was out of the starting lineup with a bone bruise on his right ankle.

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