Tuesday night’s loss to the Washington Wizards’ may have been one of the Celtics’ worst of the season, but they responded in a big way Thursday night. In what was a probable playoff matchup, with their thin hopes to earn the No. 1 seed in the East on the line, the Celtics went into Fiserv Forum and trounced the Milwaukee Bucks 140-99.
After a back-and-forth early few minutes, the Celtics grew their lead to eight points by the end of the first quarter and never looked back. By outscoring the Bucks 41-21 in the second quarter they led by 28 at halftime, then dominated the third 39-27. When the reserves were in the game late in the fourth quarter, the lead grew to a game-high 49 points.