Boston Celtics defeat Milwaukee Bucks, 98-89

Kevin Garnett is still thinking - and talking - defense first.

But Garnett’s offensive production has been extraordinary lately, and it has coincided with the Celtics’ eight-game winning streak.

The combination of Garnett’s two-way play, plus a strong fourth quarter by Rajon Rondo, led the way as Boston earned a 98-89 win over the Milwaukee Bucks last night at TD Garden.

Garnett scored 25 points on 9-for-13 shooting, and is now 50 for 65 (.778) from the field in his ...

Rajon Rondo was scoreless entering the final quarter of the Celtics’ 98-89 win over the Bucks last night at TD Garden. But Rondo turned his game up a few notches and finished with 11 points, 9 rebounds, 13 assists, and 5 steals.

“I just kept trying to attack,’’ Rondo said. “My style of play, I’m going to get calls.’’

But Rondo still has to prove himself as a perimeter shooter, and even as a free throw shooter. Rondo was 3 for 9 from the field (he made all three of hi...

You know what they say . . . you see the final 4:42 of a Celtics-Bucks game at the TD Garden, you’ve seen it all.

Stuck in neutral all night long and unable to shake a mid-level team that came here having lost three in a row and seven out of eight, the Celtics found a new gear and made all the requisite plays at both ends of the floor last night to emerge with a 98-89 victory.

By the way, it’s official. You know you have a very good team when you’re 17-4 and are sitt...

FINAL: Celtics 98, Bucks 89: It wasn't pretty, but the Celtics hang on for a win here. They force 20 Milwaukee turnovers while holding Brandon Jennings to 7-of-19 shooting. Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 11 points, 13 assists, 9 rebounds, and 5 steals. Kevin Garnett had 25 points and 9 rebounds for Boston.

1:03 4th quarter, Celtics 96-89: Celtics had a couple of chances to end it, but Kevin Garnett's last jumper was long. Timeout, Bucks, as they try to mount a rally.


PLAYER OF THE GAME: Boston guard Rajon Rondo nearly had a triple-double with 11 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds. Rondo scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter as the Celtics finally gained control.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Ray Allen hit a three-pointer from the top of the arc, giving Boston a 96-88 lead with 1 minute 59 seconds remaining.

STATISTICS SHEET: Boston shot 51% (26 of 51) through three quarters, although the Celtics were just 3 of 12 from thre...

Boston — It's clear the Milwaukee Bucks are lacking a finishing touch.

They played evenly with the streaking Boston Celtics for three quarters Tuesday night only to crumble in the final minutes of a 98-89 defeat at TD Garden.

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter as Boston (17-4) won its eighth straight game while keeping the Bucks (9-11) on a serious slide.

Milwaukee dropped its eighth game in the last nine despite a 25...