Rapid Reaction: C's 102, Bucks 86
THE NITTY GRITTY
Jeff Green scored 11 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter while teaming up with rookie Kelly Olynyk (first career double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds) to help Boston race away in the fourth quarter. Green started quietly, but connected on 11-of-22 shots (five of his misses were beyond the 3-point arc) while adding three assists, two steals, a rebound and a block over 44 minutes. Jared Sullinger posted another double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Phil Pressey had a nice night while making a spot start for Rajon Rondo (13 points, 6 assists over 24 minutes). Brandon Knight scored a team-high 22 points for Milwaukee, while Gary Neal added 17 off the bench.
The Celtics were clinging to a two-point lead heading to the final frame, but opened the fourth quarter on an 8-0 burst ignited by two Green mid-range jumpers to build a double-digit lead that soon ballooned. Olynyk had a little offensive burst midway through the quarter and Boston's lead went as high as 17 in the final minutes.
Rajon Rondo (rest), Avery Bradley (ankle) and Vitor Faverani (knee) were held out for Boston, while Joel Anthony was a healthy DNP for Boston. ... Ersan Ilyasova, O.J. Mayo, Luke Ridnour and Larry Sanders all were out for Milwaukee. ... The Bucks turned the ball over 21 times for 32 points; Boston gave it away just 16 times for 15 points. ... Boston shot 47.7 percent from the floor (42 of 88), while Milwaukee was at 43.1 percent (31 of 72).
WHAT IT MEANS
The Celtics (19-34) have won four of their last five games -- feasting on some of the basement dwellers of the league -- to build a little confidence before the All-Star break. Boston hosts the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday before taking a full week off from game action at the league's midseason holiday. With Monday's win, the Celtics shuffled within four games of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
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