Bucks 92, Celtics 85

Andrew Wagner, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee shooting guard O.J. Mayo scored 22 points as the Bucks snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 92-85 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Bucks went 24 days since their 109-104 victory over Cleveland on Nov. 6 and appeared destined to lose their 12th straight after Boston shot just under 60 percent in the first period.
Instead, Milwaukee clamped down defensively and found its shot for the first time in weeks, connecting on 25 of 57 over the final three periods while making 8 of 17 3-pointers and shooting 46.2 percent for the game.
Long-range shooting proved a big difference in the game as Boston went just 4 of 19 from beyond the arc while shooting 41.7 percent for the game.
Center Jared Sullinger led the Celtics with 21 points and 14 rebounds while guard Jordan Crawford and forward Jeff Green each added 18.
Two of Milwaukee's three victories this season have come against Boston, which threatened to rally late. The Bucks saw a double-digit lead disappear after an 8-0 Celtics run that made it a nine-point game on a pair of free throws by Crawford with 5:09 to play. Forward Epke Udoh's mid-range jumper put the Bucks back up by 11 and after Mayo intercepted a bad pass by Sullinger, forward John Henson capped off a long Bucks possession with two free throws to make it 86-74 with 2:33 to play.
Guard Brandon Knight narrowly missed a triple-double, finishing with 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in 30 minutes and Henson had 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Rookie forward Giannis Antetokounmpo also made a mark on the box score, with 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a career-high 28 minutes.
After falling behind, 24-18 through one period, Mayo had eight and Knight scored 12 as Milwaukee took a 47-41 lead into halftime.
Mayo added eight more in the third and the and Bucks led by 17 after guard Gary Neal made a wide-open jumper with 7:23 remaining in the game.
NOTES: Bucks F Caron Butler was a late scratch due to a sore left knee which is expected to sideline Butler for at least a week. F Ersan Ilyasova was also unavailable, due to a sore hamstring and thumb. ... PG Rajon Rondo, G Courtney Lee and C Kelly Olynyk did not travel with the Celtics. ... Milwaukee beat the Celtics 105-98 on Nov. 1 after rallying from a 22-point deficit. Since then, the Bucks are 1-12 and the Celtics are 7-9. ... Celtics G Jordan Crawford missed the first meeting with Milwaukee but was in the lineup Saturday, one night after recording his first career triple-double. "He's done a nice job of settling us down," Boston coach Brad Stevens said. "He's taken a burden off Avery (Bradley) and allowed Avery to play the point some ... he also gets to take advantage of what his strengths are, and that's creating shots at the '2'."

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