Sullinger was a force down low all game for Boston, grabbing five offensive boards and 10 rebounds in total. He scored 11 points and shot 5-for-10, drilling one of two three-point tries.
The Celtics would’ve likely run away with it had it not been for Milwaukee’s Greg Monroe, whose 17-point, 14-rebound performance helped the Bucks take an early lead. Monroe had 10 points in the first quarter as the hosts jumped in front, though his numbers largely diminished in the second half.
The victory was the Celtics’ second consecutive, evening up their record at 3-3.
Turning Point: The Bucks held a 18-6 edge six minutes into the opening period, but the Celtics had almost complete control from there. The Celts were up four at halftime before stretching it to 17 in the third, allowing the younger guys to get some playing time late.
The Charity Stripe’s Best Friend: Isaiah Thomas was just 6-for-20 from the floor, but he made up for it with a 7-for-8 outing at the free-throw line. He finished with a team-high 20 points in the contest, shooting a rough 1-for-10 from deep.
Veteran Presents: Big man David Lee added 13 points off the bench, knocking down five of seven field-goal attempts in 21 minutes. He also pitched in three assists, second on the squad to Evan Turner‘s six.
Next Up: The Celtics head home for a meeting with the Pacers on Wednesday, looking to avenge last week’s 100-98 defeat. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET, with CSN-New England and Fox Sports-Indiana calling the action.