Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/1

Game 1: Wednesday, December 1st
Bucks100Final
Celtics101
Game 2: Tuesday, February 8th
Celtics97Final
Bucks121
Game 3: Wednesday, April 6th
Bucks97Final
Celtics103
Game 4: Wednesday, April 13th
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Bucks108

Celtics 111

(43-35, 17-22 away)

Bucks 108

(29-49, 22-17 home)

    7:00 PM ET, April 13, 2005

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    BOS 30 21 29 31111
    MIL 26 26 32 24108

    Top Performers

    Bos: P. Pierce 32 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Mil: D. Gadzuric 22 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast

    Pierce jumper puts Boston ahead to stay

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Just making the playoffs isn't enough for Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics.

    Paul Pierce scored 32 points, including the game-winning basket with 19 seconds left, and the Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-108 on Wednesday night to clinch a playoff berth.

    "That's really not what we want," Rivers said. "It's nice to say we know we're in. We don't want to just get in. We want to win our division and get home court (advantage)."

    Antoine Walker and Ricky Davis each had 17 points for the Celtics, who increased their lead in the Atlantic Division over Philadelphia to 3½ games with four to play. Boston's magic number to clinch the title and the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs is two.

    Michael Redd scored 28 points for the Bucks, who lost their third straight, while Dan Gadzuric added a career-high 22. His previous best was 19 points twice, including Jan. 28 at Denver.

    The Celtics seemed flat, which Rivers attributed to a big victory a night earlier over Philadelphia. The Celtics coach said his team needs to play with a bit of urgency in its final regular-season games.

    "We still have a lot of work to do," Rivers said. "For me now, it's to try to keep them motivated."

    Veteran Gary Payton understands the importance of the final games.

    "We still want to win our division. We have to go out and play hard and make a statement," he said.

    Pierce's 13-foot jumper gave the Celtics a 110-108 lead. Davis hit one free throw with 6.5 seconds left for the final margin. With 1 second left, the Bucks tried to get off a shot to tie, but Desmond Mason's pass went out of bounds.

    "Down the stretch, you have to execute," Mason said. "We fought ourselves into a position to win. I threw the ball out of bounds at the end."

    A basket by Zaza Pachulia of the Bucks made it 101-101, the fifth tie in the final quarter and 15th in the game. But Pierce scored with 4:11 remaining and on the next possession he added two free throws for a 105-101 lead. Maurice Williams tied the game at 108 two free throws with 40 seconds to go.

    Milwaukee led 84-80 after three quarter thanks to a 3-pointer by Anthony Goldwire with 31 seconds left.

    The Bucks got their first lead of the game at 33-32 on a 3-pointer by Goldwire with 8:37 left in the second quarter. The score was tied seven times after that until Joe Smith's basket with 56 seconds remaining put the Bucks up 52-50. Milwaukee led 52-51 at halftime.

    Boston scored the game's first nine points. Redd, who had 11 points to spark a Milwaukee comeback, hit the last basket of the quarter to pull the Bucks within 30-26.<

    The Bucks had a solid offensive game, but coach Terry Porter was upset Boston shot 57.5 percent (42-for-73).

    "That's obviously the first thing that jumped out at you," Porter said. "It's amazing we only lost by three." ^Notes@: Bucks guard T. J. Ford, who has missed the entire season with a spinal cord injury, was cleared Wednesday to return to workouts. He can start running, lifting weights, and shooting on Saturday. ... Smith returned to the Bucks starting lineup after missing two games with a lacerated left pinky. ... Redd's first 3-pointer of the game was the 500th of his career. ... Boston won three of four against Milwaukee to take the season series for the first time since 1995-96.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    BOS
    MIL
    Points 111 108
    FGM-FGA 42-73 (.575) 38-77 (.494)
    3PM-3PA 7-14 (.500) 4-13 (.308)
    FTM-FTA 20-24 (.833) 28-35 (.800)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-31 14-35
    Assists 28 23
    Turnovers 10 10
    Steals 4 4
    Blocks 2 0
    Fast Break Points 11 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 9 6

    Top Performers

    Boston
    Milwaukee
    Paul Pierce Pierce
    Points: 32
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Dan Gadzuric Gadzuric
    Points: 22
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0