Allen hits seven 3-pointers in 31-point outing

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Ray Allen had a good start and finish -- from long range -- for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Allen made four 3-pointers in the first quarter and three in the fourth, and finished with a season-high 31 points in the Bucks' 104-85 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.

"We really got hurt from the 3-point line,'' Boston coach Jim O'Brien said. "They shot the ball well and Allen was outstanding.''

Allen was 7-of-11 from beyond the arc and the Bucks were 11-of-27 on 3-pointers overall, while the Celtics were 8-of-28.

"I don't mind the 3s,'' Karl said. "If they're open 3s, I think that's great.''

Sam Cassell added 25 points, Tim Thomas had 13 and Tony Kukoc 11
as the Bucks continued their mastery over the Celtics in Milwaukee,
beating them for the seventh straight time at home.

"They like to play fast and like to shoot the 3s,'' Allen said. "We had to limit them from getting rebounds and controlling the game.''

Walker also scored 28 points, 21 in the first half, but he and
Pierce were the only players with more than eight points for
Boston, which lost at home to Dallas on Friday night and was
playing its fourth game in six nights.

"Antoine was hot in the first half, but I thought we did a great job on him in the second half,'' Allen said.

The score was tied at 67 with less than 4 minutes to play in the
third quarter and the Bucks outscored the Celtics 11-4 to lead
78-71 going into the final period.

Michael Redd hit a jumper and Kukoc followed with a 3-pointer to
start the final quarter, pushing the Bucks ahead by 12. Allen then
scored 11 straight as Milwaukee, which lost 103-100 in overtime at
Indiana on Friday night, prevented any comeback bid by the Celtics.

"They challenge you defensively with the number of perimeter shooters they have, and the way they spread the court,'' Pierce said. "When they drive and find their shooters, you're caught chasing after the guys.''

After trailing for the first 19:25, the Celtics briefly took a
four-point lead before falling behind 54-53 at halftime.

"They just outplayed us,'' O'Brien said. "They had too many open shots.''

Allen downplayed his personal scoring.

"We have a great team here,'' Allen said. "And the better I
become, the better the players around me become.''

Game notes
The Bucks have beaten the Celtics in 13 of their last 16
meetings. ... Although leading the Celtics in scoring with a 23.1
average through nine games, Pierce had a strange week. He scored 35
on Monday against Utah, 13 on Wednesday against Philadelphia and
nine on Friday against Dallas. He was 4-of-20 against both the
76ers and Mavericks before scoring 15 points in the first half
against Milwaukee. ... The Bucks opened the game with a flurry of
3-pointers, making four -- three by Allen -- in the first 3:23.

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