The Boston Celtics came into the weekend just slightly above .500, with a showdown with the Milwaukee Bucks on tap. Aiming to stay on pace in the Eastern Conference at the border of the top eight teams, the Celtics were unable to handle the Bucks, who ended up prevailing in overtime to bring the Celtics' record to 14-14 on the year.
Friday, Dec. 21
Milwaukee Bucks 99 vs. Boston Celtics 94 F/OT
Paul Pierce dropped 35 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, but it was not enough, as the Milwaukee Bucks used Monta Ellis' 27 points — five of which were scored in overtime — to top the Celtics on Friday night.
The Celtics stormed back from a seven-point deficit to force the overtime period, but they were unable to capitalize in the extra period as Boston could only muster six points in the five minutes of overtime.
Milwaukee also got help from Larry Sanders, who scored 17 points and grabbed 20 rebounds.