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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Lee's spark, Wallace's dunk, Hump's impact

By Chris Forsberg

BOSTON -- Even Boston Celtics guard Courtney Lee had wondered how his sore left knee would respond when he returned from a two-game absence on Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. The answer? Lee might have owned the freshest legs on the floor and his extra bounce helped Boston pull out a win.

Coming off the bench, Lee provided 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting over 15 minutes, 39 seconds of floor time as the Celtics posted a 108-100 triumph over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks. Lee scored seven fourth-quarter points and connected on all three of his attempts in the frame.

“[Lee] was huge because you talk again about the third/early-fourth quarter," said first-year coach Brad Stevens, who didn't hesitate to toss Lee back on the floor. "He helped settle us down and he made tough [shots]. He looked like he had an extra bounce in his step.

"He didn’t make the trip with us [to Milwaukee on Saturday] so he could stay back and get better and do rehab and, when you’re only going to be gone for 18 hours or whatever we were gone, it didn’t make much sense to take those guys with us. And he had a little more bounce in his step than maybe our guys did at that time, and we needed it.”

Lee is now averaging 7.8 points on 52.3 percent shooting over 16.8 minutes per game. He's providing a much-needed offensive spark for the second unit, something the team missed during his two-game absence.

A couple other notes from Tuesday's game: