MILWAUKEE -- (AP) The injury-depleted Milwaukee Bucks have been a doormat for just about everyone in the first month of the season.
The Boston Celtics are about the lone exception.
O.J. Mayo rebounded from a subpar game with 22 points and the Bucks snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 92-85 victory over Boston on Saturday night.
Two of Milwaukee’s three victories this season have come against Boston. The Bucks beat the Celtics, 105-98, on Nov. 1 in Boston.
Jared Sullinger scored 21 points and had 14 rebounds, while Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford added 18 points apiece for the Celtics.
The Bucks went to a zone defense, and Boston missed 40 of its final 62 shots.
Boston coach Brad Stevens said his team’s struggles simply were due to missing shots.
"We moved the ball against the zone and attacked where we wanted to," he said. "We just didn’t make as many as we wanted to."
The Celtics missed 15 of 19 3-point attempts.
Despite having the worst record in the Eastern Conference at 3-13, Milwaukee is only three games behind Detroit (6-10), which currently is in the eighth spot in the mediocre Eastern Conference.
Milwaukee’s Brandon Knight had his second consecutive solid game, scoring 20 points with nine rebounds and eight assists after scoring 17 points against Charlotte.
Boston missed its first nine shots of the fourth quarter, allowing Milwaukee to go on a 10-0 run and take an 80-63 lead on Gary Neal’s short jumper with 7:24 to go.
The Celtics then went on an 18-5 run, pulling within 88-81 on Green’s 3-pointer with 1:20 to go. After each team failed to score on their next possessions, Knight made a layup to make it 90-81 with 55 seconds to go.