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NBA GAME OF THE DAY

Celtics can't handle the Bucks' defense

Charlie Villanueva scores 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, and the Bucks stifle the Celtics, 86-77.

March 16, 2009|Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — Charlie Villanueva scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, and the Milwaukee Bucks used their defense to hold off the Boston Celtics, 86-77.

"I felt it was one of our better defensive games," Milwaukee Coach Scott Skiles said. "It's not too often when you shoot a little over 30% for the game and still win the game."

The Bucks shot 32.6%, scored 27 points off the Celtics' season-high 25 turnovers and grabbed 14 of their 21 offensive rebounds in the second half.

The Bucks hounded Boston's two leading scorers into dismal performances. Paul Pierce, averaging 20 points, had 15 on four-for-15 shooting. Ray Allen, averaging 18.6, scored eight while going two for 11.

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