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Fast Break: Celtics – Bucks

04.14.10 at 10:22 pm ET
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On Fan Appreciation Night, Paul Pierce addressed the crowd ‘€¦ and then headed to the bench. He, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Kendrick Perkins sat out of Wednesday’€™s game against the Bucks. Rajon Rondo was the only starter to actually start and was joined by Marquis Daniels, Glen Davis, Michael Finley, and Rasheed Wallace.

The Celtics lost, 106-95, as they rested their players in preparation for the playoffs.

First quarter: The Celtics started the game 0-for-5 from the field before finishing the quarter shooting 8-for-19 (42%). The Bucks closed out the final three minutes of the quarter run and led 23-20 after 12 minutes. John Salmons led all players with 10 points; Rajon Rondo scored nine for the Celtics.

Second quarter: Luke Ridnour and Jerry Stackhouse combined for 24 points as the Bucks outscored the Celtics, 32-30, in the second quarter. Even though the Celtics shot a perfect 3-for-3 from 3-point range, they were edged slightly by the Bucks’€™ 62 percent field goal shooting. The C’€™s were also outrebounded, 10-6. At halftime, Bucks 55 – Celtoics 50.

Third quarter: The Bucks continued to top the Celtics, 33-28, behind a combined 16 points from Carlos Delfino and Ersan Ilyasova. Michael Finley scored 8 points off of perfect shooting (3-3 FG, 2-2 3PG). The Celtics, however, were outscored 17-6 in the final five minutes of the quarter.

Fourth quarter: The Celtics were edged, 18-17, in the final quarter. Rajon Rondo finished as the game’€™s leading scorer with 21 points and 15 assists in the loss. Stackhouse and Ridnour led the Bucks with 17 points. The Bucks outrebounded the Celtics, 41-34.

Player of the Game: Rondo thrived in his role as the only member of the starting lineup to play. He posted 21 points (7-14 FG) and 15 assists.

Turning point: The Bucks had the edge from tipoff when four of the five Celtics starters did not take the court.

- Oliver Lafayette made his Celtics debut. He scored 7 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists.

- The Celtics outscored the Bucks, 44-28, in the paint.

- The C’€™s also outscored the Bucks, 15-5, on fastbreak points.

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