Brandon Jennings' 3-point shot with 24 seconds remaining gave the Bucks the lead for good, leading Milwaukee to a 91-88 win over the Celtics Saturday night.
The Celtics had a chance to tie the game, gaining possession with nine seconds left after Milwaukee's Larry Sanders made one of two free throws. But long 3-point attempts by Paul Pierce and Jason Terry both missed the mark, handing the C's just their third loss in the teams' last 11 meetings.
Prior to Sanders' free throws, the Celtics' attempt at taking the lead with 13 seconds left fell short when Terry missed a 3-pointer.
The loss came after the Celtics had built a 27-11 lead after the first quarter. Milwaukee, however, stormed back with a 36-21 advantage in the second quarter.
The Celtics notched five players in double-figures, with Jeff Green contributing with 18 points and six rebounds off the bench. Pierce led all scorers with 19, while Kevin Garnett netted 17, and Terry finished with 15 points and 11 assists.
Courtney Lee, filling in for the suspended Rajon Rondo, claimed 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting.
Other than Green, the Celtics got little help from their bench, with Jason Collins, Jared Sullinger, Leandro Barbosa and Chris Wilcox combining for just two points.
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