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Bucks hope to end lengthy skid versus Celtics

(SportsNetwork.com) - One of the Milwaukee Bucks' two wins this season came against the Boston Celtics on Nov. 1.

Mired in an 11-game losing streak, the Bucks will try to solve the Celtics once again when the two teams collide Saturday at the Bradley Center.

The Bucks lost their 11th game in a row with Friday's 92-76 decision at Charlotte and were led by Brandon Knight's 17 points. Gary Neal and Ekpe Udoh scored 10 points apiece off the bench for Milwaukee, which shot just 33.3 percent and made only 5-of-17 3-pointers.

It didn't help Milwaukee that Caron Butler sat out with a swollen right knee and Ersan Ilyasova missed the second half with a hamstring injury.

"With no Caron (Butler) and no Ersan (Ilyasova), we were forced to go smaller," Bucks coach Larry Drew said. "The big lineup didn't have much of an effect."

Milwaukee is riding its longest losing streak since dropping 15 in a row from March 4-30, 1996 and will try to halt a five-game home losing streak. The last time the Bucks won was a 109-104 defeat of Cleveland at home on Nov. 6. They are 1-6 in Brew City this season.

Boston has won three of four games since a six-game slide and recorded a 103-86 win over the Cavaliers on Friday night.

The Celtics stormed out to a 28-10 lead after the first quarter and maintained their lead from there. Jeff Green highlighted the night with 31 points on 10- of-19 shooting and Avery Bradley scored 21 points. Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger both had 12 points and Jordan Crawford chipped in a triple-double of 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Sullinger made four of Boston's 11 3-pointers (11-of-23).

"I heard (coach) Brad (Stevens) talking about how I don't take enough of them, so he kind of emphasized me shooting them more," Sullinger said of shooting from downtown. "It's definitely something I have worked on this summer a lot, I've been shooting them every day."

Green was glad to see the contributions from the whole team.

"It was nice to put everything together," Green said. "We have had our ups and downs throughout the season. We have had quarters where we play well and quarters that we didn't, but it was good to put an all-around good game together."

Boston made 50 percent from the floor and will now try to extend its road winning streak to three games. The Celtics are 4-6 on the road.

The Celtics played without guard Courtney Lee (knee) on Friday and are still without star guard Rajon Rondo (ACL surgery) and rookie center Kelly Olynyk (ankle).

Boston suffered a 105-98 loss at home to Milwaukee earlier this month, but is still 7-4 in the past 11 matchups in this series. The Celtics have won seven of the past 10 visits to the Bradley Center.

11/30 10:41:31 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
11th
NOR 1
DUR 0
 
3:30pm Today
MIA
CHA
6th
CLE 2
TOR 4
 
5th
DET 1
ANA 1
 
5th
NYM 2
ATL 3
 
6th
MIA 1
SEA 2
 
4th
PIT 0
MIL 0
 
4th
WAS 0
STL 1
 
4th
TAM 0
NYY 1
 
2nd
KAN 0
MIN 2
 
1st
CHC 0
CIN 0
 
3:05pm Today
TEX
CWS
4:05pm Today
OAK
HOU
4:10pm Today
LOS
ARI
4:10pm Today
COL
PHI
4:10pm Today
SDP
SFG
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
3rd
SAN 57
DAL 59
 
3:30pm Today
MIA
CHA
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
3rd
NYR 2
PHI 3
 
3:00pm Today
BOS
DET
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
11th
NOR 1
DUR 0