Feb 9, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens reacts after a call in the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks won 112-111. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Jason Kidd may have figured out the only way to beat the Celtics, stack the bench.
Kidd’s decision to bring Greg Monroe and Michael Carter Williams off the bench tonight paid off, as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics 112-11 Tuesday night in Milwaukee.
The Bucks built up a huge lead in the second half, outscoring the Celtics 40-20 in the third quarter. Monroe was simply unstoppable, scoring 12 of his game-high 29 points in the frame.
In the final six minutes, the Celtics made a frantic comeback, cutting the 21-point deficit to three with 59 seconds to play.
After Jae Crowder tied the game at 109-109, ,a Monroe lay-up put the Bucks back up by two with only one second remaining.
With the Bucks in the bonus, Bayless gave Kelly Olynyk the opportunity to tie the game by fouling Olynyk on the ensuing inbound pass. After Olynyk sank both free throws, it looked as if the game was going to overtime.
On the Bucks next play, an over aggressive Bradley fouled Khris Middleton as he caught the pass. Middleton made the first, before intentionally missing the second to seal the one-point victory for the Bucks.
Monroe, who has given the Celtics struggles in the past, was especially dominant, scoring a game-high 29 points on 13-of-21 shooting. Carter Williams added 16 points, Jarred Bayless had 14, as the Bucks bench outscored the Celtics 62-50.
Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder led the team with 18 points, while four other Celtics scored in double figures.
The loss snaps the (31-22) Celtics four-game win streak, and is only their fourth in their last sixteen games.
The C’s return home to play Paul Pierce, Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night at TD Garden. For a complete box score, click here STUD OF THE NIGHT Greg Monroe
Monroe has historically dominated the Celtics. He also scored 29 points against the C’s last year as member of the Pistons. Tonight, he dominated in the post, gobbling up every defender Brad Stevens threw at him. When the Celtics attempted to double him, he made the correct passes. He made a huge impact on the glass, finishing with 12 boards, half of which on offense.
DUD OF THE NIGHT Tito Zeller With Amir Johnson in foul trouble, Stevens turned to GodZeller to stop Monroe. Although he had been played well recently, Zeller failed miserably, as the Celtics were a -22 in his 10 minutes on the floor.
VINE OF THE NIGHT Sad Brad
WHINE OF THE NIGHT Interior Defense
Jared Sullinger and Amir Johnson have to do a better job defending the post. The duo are supposed to be the team’s best interior defenders, but didn’t even fight for position. Monroe repeatedly got deep post position. By the time he caught the basketball, he had already won the battle. While the Celtics are keen on playing small, these two will have to play better when the C’s match-up against teams with a legitimate center.
STAT OF THE NIGHT Turnovers: Celtics 18, Bucks 14.
The Celtics do not usually lose the turnover battle, but tonight they were extremely sloppy with the basketball, especially in the first half. It’s not as if the Bucks were taking the ball from the Celtics, as they only finished with five steals, rather the Celtics made a number of dumb and inaccurate passes. Primary ball handlers Isaiah Thomas and Evan Turner both turned it over four times.
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