MILWAUKEE – When the Boston Celtics turned the ball over a season-high 24 times against Sacramento, it wasn’t seen as that big a deal. It was one game, and the Celtics won.
No big deal.
Boston had another high turnover game Tuesday night, but victory was not theirs for the taking as the Celtics’ fourth quarter rally came up short, 112-111 against the Milwaukee Bucks.
For the Celtics (31-23), the loss snapped their four-game winning streak while Milwaukee’s five-game losing skid is a thing of the past now.
And while the last-minute foul by Avery Bradley certainly was a factor in Boston’s loss, the bigger problem all game long was the Celtics consistently turning the ball over.
For the game, Boston committed 18 turnovers that resulted in 25 points for the Bucks (21-32).
“We really didn’t move the ball at the end of the third quarter,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “And that was impactful as (Greg) Monroe going off. We turned it over and we took tough shots. We were lucky to be in the game at the end.”
Here’s a look at the Stars, Studs and Duds from Wednesday night’s game:
Now THIS is the Greg Monroe that the Milwaukee Bucks thought they were getting when he spurned the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks to play for the Bucks. Coming off the bench, the Celtics had no answer for Monroe who led all scorers with 29 points in less than 30 minutes, along with grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds and blocking two shots.
He did more than just score the game-winning point courtesy of an Avery Bradley foul. Middleton, whose free throw with 0.6 seconds to play proved to be the game-winner, finished with 20 points along with five rebounds and five assists.
His 3-pointer late in the fourth tied the game at 109, the kind of big shots folks at the Bradley Center remember him knocking down from his days at nearby Marquette University. Crowder finished with 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting and five rebounds.
Coming off the bench was a good look for Carter-Williams, who had 16 points to go with six rebounds and five assists.
Smart was among the Celtics noticeably frustrated by the way Wednesday’s game was playing out, and it showed in his lack of impact on the floor. He finished with 12 points on 3-for-8 shooting, but had a plus/minus of -23 which was the worst on the Celtics roster.