Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 12/16

Game 1: Friday, December 16th
Game 2: Sunday, January 29th
Game 3: Friday, March 10th

Celtics 79

(18-26, 4-17 away)

Bucks 83

(23-20, 13-9 home)

2:30 PM ET, January 29, 2006

BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

1 2 3 4 T
BOS 16 18 22 2379
MIL 14 26 17 2683

Top Performers

Bos: P. Pierce 18 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

Mil: T. Ford 15 Pts, 7 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl

Redd shakes off slow start as Bucks stave off Celtics

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Michael Redd went with the only cure he knows for shaky shooting after he made only of his first nine shots Sunday.

"Just keep shooting," Redd said. "That's what I do -- keep shooting."

Redd's shots finally began to fall and he scored 15 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 83-79 victory over the Boston Celtics.

Redd sat out much of the first quarter with two fouls, and scored only six points in the first three quarters.

"I needed some divine intervention," said Redd, whose father is a pastor in Columbus, Ohio.

Redd's layup gave Milwaukee a 76-72 lead with 2:53 remaining in the game, and his 3-pointer with 1:28 left extended the lead to seven.

"We were doing a great job on him defensively and then he hit two shots that, boy, were quick-trigger," Boston forward Wally Szczerbiak said. "You have to be ready for him at all times."

Szczerbiak, who was traded to the Celtics in a seven-player deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, converted two layups to get the Celtics within three and Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer to cut it to 81-79 with 5.2 seconds left.

But Boston wasn't able to foul the Bucks on the inbounds play, and T.J. Ford got the ball to Charlie Bell for a fast-break dunk at the buzzer.

Redd finished with 21 to lead the Bucks, but coach Terry Stotts said his team's defense made the difference.

"It's easy for people to remember Michael making a three, but the way we competed defensively kept us in the game," Stotts said.

The Bucks held Pierce scoreless into the second quarter -- he finished with 18 -- and both teams shot 40.3 percent from the field.

"Our defense got us over the hump," Stotts said. "It was one of those games. Boston did a nice job defensively and both teams struggled to score. We stayed with our defense and fought through."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers also said he was pleased with his team's defense, although he would have liked to have seen them keep Redd from getting open shots in the fourth quarter.

Even on an off night, Rivers said, Redd is going to make open shots. "You knew he would eventually," Rivers said.

The Celtics lost momentum when Szczerbiak fouled the Bucks' Dan Gadzuric with 9:02 remaining, and the Celtics' Al Jefferson was called for a technical foul. Redd hit the technical free throw, and Gadzuric hit two foul shots to put the Bucks ahead 65-61.

Szczerbiak finished with 20 for Boston.

"I'm just learning the plays and everything and having fun out there," he said. "We came up short and have lost a lot of close games. I felt great. My teammates and coaches are making things really easy."

The Celtics acquired Szczerbiak in a seven-player deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night. Boston sent Ricky Davis, Mark Blount, Marcus Banks and Justin Reed to the Timberwolves and acquired Szczerbiak, Michael Olowokandi and Dwayne Jones in the trade.

Game notes

Milwaukee won its second straight and improved to 9-0 against the Atlantic Division. ... Boston has dropped two of its last three to fall to 18-26. ... Jefferson had 12 points and 12 rebounds. ... Pierce said the Celtics played well enough to win, but came up a few plays short. "If we play like this for the rest of the year, we're going to win a lot of games," he said. ... Sunday's game drew 17,031 to the Bradley Center.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 79 83
FGM-FGA 31-77 (.403) 31-77 (.403)
3PM-3PA 5-20 (.250) 6-9 (.667)
FTM-FTA 12-18 (.667) 15-22 (.682)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-49 9-40
Assists 19 20
Turnovers 15 14
Steals 5 7
Blocks 8 7
Fast Break Points 16 8
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/0) 17 (0/0)
Largest Lead 5 7

Top Performers

Paul Pierce Pierce
Points: 18
Reb: 6
Ast: 6
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
T.J. Ford Ford
Points: 15
Reb: 7
Ast: 8
Stl: 2
Blk: 0