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Bucks 99, Celtics 88

The SportsXchange

BOSTON -- The Milwaukee Bucks, opening their 2012-13 season, spoiled the Celtics' home opener with a dominating 99-88 win over Boston Friday night.

The Celtics fell to 0-2.

Brandon Jennings scored 21 points and dished out 13 assists as the Bucks took a 16-point halftime lead and led by as many as 22, sending the fans towards the exit with a 9-0 fourth-quarter run that stunted a Celtics run. Up by 22 after the spurt, the Bucks saw the Celtics cut the lead to 11 with 1:02 left and the benches cleared.

Tobias Harris added 18 points and Monta Ellis 14 for the Bucks, who had six players in double figures and got 11 rebounds from Ersan Ilyasova.

Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 15 points, while Rajon Rondo had 14 points and 11 assists, extending his streak of double-digit assist games to 26, the longest in the league since 1992.

Boston's Paul Pierce didn't hit a basket until late in the third quarter and finished with 11 points, on 3-for-11 shooting.

The Bucks went 8-for-18 from 3-point range in the win.

The Bucks started the game with four consecutive points but went cold and trailed 10-8 almost six minutes in before running off eight points in a row to grab a 16-10 lead. The Celtics went on an 8-2 run to tie the game but the first quarter ended on a pair of Larry Sanders slams that capped a 7-0 run that gave Milwaukee a 25-18 lead after one quarter.

The Bucks went 8-for-12 from the floor after a 3-for-11 start.

The Celtics went almost five minutes without a point before rookie Jared Sullinger ended the drought with a put-back of an airball. The home team's shooting woes continued and a personal 7-2 run by Beno Udrih gave the Bucks a 34-22 lead with 5:35 left in the half.

Jennings then hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key that could have become a four-point play when Pierce sent him to the floor, Pierce's third foul. Jennings missed the free throw but Ellis hit a three and Jennings a slam dunk off the break, the lead was 18 and boos were heard from the crowd.

Brandon Bass hit a pair of jumpers to get some life in the crowd, but a circus floater by Jennings gave the Bucks a 16-point lead at the break.

NOTES: Rondo addressed the crowd before the opening tipoff, thanking the fans for their support "As we go on our quest to get (championship) banner 18." ... Marquis Daniels, who played the last three seasons with Boston, returned with his new team. "He was a great professional for us. He was terrific," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said before the game. Daniels views his new address as "Another good opportunity for me." ... Spotted in the crowd: David Ortiz and Larry David. ... The Celtics are in Washington for the start of a home-and-home Saturday night, while the Bucks host the Cavaliers in their home opener. ... The Celtics' nightly 50-50 raffle donated all of its proceeds Friday night to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
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