Boston (20-19) at Milwaukee (20-17)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Tue Jan 13, 2004
  • TV: FSNE, FSN
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After finally winning again in Texas, the Boston Celtics now will try to win for just the third time in 14 trips to Milwaukee.

The Celtics seek their fourth straight victory as they visit the Bucks, who have won five of six.

Boston ended a four-year drought in Texas, beating the Houston Rockets 97-93 on Sunday for its first win in Texas since Feb. 18, 2000.

They Celtics have been nearly as bad in Milwaukee. They are just 2-11 in their last 13 trips to the Bradley Center, dating to the 1996-97 season.

Paul Pierce scored 27 points Sunday and the Celtics got key contributions from Jiri Welsch and Walter McCarty, who each added 21.

“Our guys are confident and they know that I can’t do it by myself,” Pierce said. “McCarty and Welsch made big shots and we are going to need contributions from everybody to win.”

Boston, which hadn’t won in Houston since a 108-106 victory on Jan. 18, 1997, made 11 3-pointers. The Celtics’ winning streak is their longest since they won a season-high five in a row from Dec. 7-13.

Milwaukee’s five-game winning streak ended Saturday with a 94-88 loss to New York.

Michael Redd scored 19 points and Desmond Mason had 17 for the Bucks. Milwaukee had been using stifling defense to win, holding opponents to just 90 points a game during its streak.

The Bucks failed to take care of the basketball in the fourth quarter, committing nine turnovers. Milwaukee had turned it over just eight times in the first three quarters.

“Sometimes on the road you need a break or two and unfortunately we came up short,” Redd said.

STANDINGS (through Jan. 11): Celtics - 2nd place, 2 GB, Atlantic Division. Bucks - 4th place (tied), 7 GB, Central Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Celtics - F Mark Blount, F Welsch, C Chris Mihm, G Mike James, G Pierce. Bucks - F Joe Smith, F Tim Thomas, C Brian Skinner, G T.J. Ford, G Redd.

TEAM LEADERS: Celtics - Pierce, 23.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg and 5.7 apg. Bucks - Redd, 21.7 ppg; Smith, 8.7 rpg; Ford, 6.4 apg.

SEASON SERIES: Tied, 1-1.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 29; Bucks, 100-94. At Milwaukee, the Bucks scored 62 points in the second half, rallying from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to gain a split of a home-and-home series.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Celtics - 10-8 on the road; Bucks - 13-4 at home.

INJURIES: Celtics - F Brandon Hunter (Achilles’); F Chris Mills (heel); F Raef LaFrentz (knee). Bucks - C Joel Pryzbilla (knee).

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