Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 11/11/12
MILWAUKEE - Sometimes a complex game like basketball can be so simple. A game that featured 17 lead changes and multiple momentum swings can be summed up pretty easily. "They made shots when it counted," Bucks guard Monta Ellis said. "It was a hard-fought game. They made more shots than we did and they came out with the (win)."Saturday'sgame was even at 74-74 with just over five minutes to play. Boston went 8 of 10 from the field the rest of the way. When it mattered, future Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett stepped up, accounting for six of the eight makes, drilling jump shot after jump shot.Celtics coach Doc Rivers managed the duo's minutes beautifully. In fact, Pierce actually spent time in Garnett's spot in the middle on offense and handled it well. There just wasn't much the Bucks could do. "As a staff we knew at halftime that this was going to come down probably to the end," Bucks head coach Scott Skiles said. "Who would execute and who could execute and get a good shot and make a shot."They were getting about the same quality shots as we were. They knocked theirs down and we missed a few."Milwaukee found early success getting easy dunks from their big men off the pick-and-roll. Boston adjusted accordingly and that's when the Bucks' offense lost its rhythm. With Mike Dunleavy in foul trouble and Brandon Jennings just 1 of 10 from the field, the Bucks were fortunate to even have a chance to tie at the end. A couple of missed free throws by Boston gave Milwaukee the ball back, down two, with eight seconds left.Ellis drove the lane and dished off to Ersan Ilyasova. The Bucks forward appeared to be hit hard, causing the ball to be taken away by Jeff Green. "From where I was standing, I thought it was a foul," Skiles said. "But there were a lot of bodies in there, I don't question anything. I have to take a look at it. We could have used a couple of points there."A schedule oddity left the Bucks playing the Celtics for the second time in eight days. On opening night in Boston, Milwaukee cruised to a 99-88 victory. Things were different Saturday night. The Bucks weren't as sharp, but played tough. They ran into a talented team that's searching for its identity. Boston entered the game just 2-3 on the season, but took a major step in the right direction in the second half."I told them, it's one win," Rivers said. "We just have to keep learning each other. When you bring eight new guys to a basketball team, you're going to have some struggles. And we're struggling, and still won the game. That's good."The NBA features some of the best athletes in the world. And Saturday night, two of the best to ever play the game stepped up and did the Bucks in. Follow Andrew Gruman on Twitter.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Bubba Watson's caddie owns heckler at PGA Championship

NFL denies sending Donald Trump letter about schedule

Michael Bennett calls out NFL stars for not speaking up on social matters

Nationals make astute move in acquiring Melancon

Son of former NFL player Antonio Armstrong charged with death of parents

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

U.S. Senator “appalled” by Bettman’s stance on concussions

Team USA’s Opening Ceremony uniforms look a little treasonous

Lawyer who reps concussion lawsuit wants to speak with Bettman

Tyler Eifert says he will never play in the Pro Bowl again

Australian athletes evacuate the Olympic village after fire

Russian weightlifting team banned from Rio

Texans GM 'disappointed' in DeAndre Hopkins

Can Andre Johnson end his regression in Tennessee?

Favre opens up about painkiller addiction during career

Miami women’s basketball coach criticizes Texas A&M following slideshow

Twin Cities preparing for influx of sex trafficking during Super Bowl LII

WATCH: Bautista bat flip will be available as NHL 17 celebration

Former USMNT, current MLS forward Davies battled cancer, in remission

The definitive guide to U.S. Men's Basketball at Rio 2016

Tony Romo training camp picture leads to fat jokes, concern

Matt Cullen’s family eats cereal out of the Stanley Cup

Texas A&M suspends coaches for sexist slideshow

10 most dangerous college football defenders in 2016

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker