Milwaukee Bucks defeat Boston Celtics, 106-95

It seemed as if it would take forever to figure out which team the Celtics would play in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

The Bucks had beaten the Celtics last night at TD Garden, playing their starters while the Celtics rested all but one (Rajon Rondo) of theirs. The Celtics remained on the parquet after the 106-95 loss, signing autographs, giving away sneakers, and thanking a fan appreciation night crowd of 18,624 for sticking with them through an inconsistent reg...

BOSTON—Jerry Stackhouse and Luke Ridnour scored 17 points apiece, and the Milwaukee Bucks won their regular-season finale 106-95 on Wednesday night as the Boston Celtics rested their Big Three in preparation for the playoffs.

With Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen sitting out to avoid possible injury, the lack of defense and excitement had spectators moving toward the exits midway through the fourth quarter.

The game began as a possible first-round preview if ...

Boston — There was far more drama after the game than there was during the game.

The dust had long since settled on the Milwaukee Bucks' 106-95 victory over the Boston Celtics B team Wednesday night at the TD Garden rest home and the Bucks were dressing in their locker room while keeping an eye on the game between Miami and New Jersey that would determine Milwaukee's first-round playoff opponent.

Bucks coach Scott Skiles had come out of the visiting coaches' room to ...