Sunday, March 13, 2011
Bucks suffer disa-point-ing loss to Celtics
By ESPN Stats & Info
The Milwaukee Bucks set a team record on Sunday, but it is one they would have liked to have avoid. The Bucks scored only 56 points, a new franchise low, in their loss to the Boston Celtics.
Things were even worse in the first half when Milwaukee scored just 22 points, tied for the fewest first-half points in a game in the last nine seasons.
Elias tells us Milwaukee's total of 56 points matched the fifth-lowest in the NBA since the 24-second clock was introduced in 1954.
The offensive struggle should have been expected with the Bucks last in the league in scoring and the Celtics entering the game second in the NBA in points per game allowed.
According to our friends at the Elias Sports Bureau, the last visiting team to score 56 or fewer points against the Celtics was the Baltimore Bullets in a 73-54 loss at Boston Garden on January 6, 1950.
Elsewhere around the NBA:
• While the Oklahoma City Thunder have yet to see dividends from Kendrick Perkins or Nate Robinson, the two players they received from the Celtics at the trade deadline, the deal has proved key for the development of James Harden. The former third overall pick scored 16 points in the team's win over the Cleveland Cavaliers and is averaging 17.6 points per game since the deadline, second-highest among all bench players during that span.
• Tyler Hansbrough stole the show with a career-high 29 points in the Indiana Pacers' defeat of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. According to Elias, Hansbrough's 29 points were tied for the second-most by any active player in their NBA debut there. Only Kevin Durant had more when he scored 30 points for the Supersonics in 2007.
• Dwight Howard continued his torrid play notching 26 points and 15 rebounds, his 24th straight double-double. While not quite in Kevin Love territory, it is still a career-long streak for the big fella. It was also Howard's 40th 20-point, 10-rebound game this season, tying him for the league lead.