The Milwaukee Bucks put together a scrappy performance to defeat the veteran Boston Celtics 91-88 at home.
The Rajon Rondo-less Celtics appeared to have a huge early-game advantage, riding a hot start to a 27-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. The young Bucks would turn the tables on the Celtics in the second quarter, as they outscored the Celtics 36-21 in the second quarter to bring the score to 48-47 at half.
The second half would be much more even throughout as the Bucks claimed the victory with dominant defense down the stretch;the Celtics only scored two points in game's final two minutes.
Milwaukee's bench turned out to be the key factor for the Bucks picking up the victory as Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders did a tremendous job offering great interior play coming off of the bench.
Jason Terry did his best job to replace Rondo, who was out due to suspension. The veteran guard dished out 11 assists to go with 15 points while handling point guard duties.
Player of the Game: Larry Sanders
There's no doubt that Larry Sanders was the player of the game.
The third-year big man put up a jaw-dropping stat line of 18 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. He even threw in a steal and an assist for good measure.
Sanders presence in the game was a huge reason for the Bucks' great defense, and his impact in the paint on both ends was undeniable.
What's Next for the Boston Celtics?
The Celtics will look to get back on track at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
What's Next for the Milwaukee Bucks?
The Bucks will look to keep things rolling on the road against the New Orleans Hornets.