Recap: Zeller drops 26 as Celtics blow out Bucks, 124-109

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By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully

Perhaps it was the Celtics — who for only the second time since the All Star Break were playing together as a healthy unit — getting reacquainted with one another that led to the Milwaukee Bucks owning the interior and the first quarter to a tune of 35-30.

Or it may have been Bucks 6’11” point guard Giannis Antetokounmpo scoring 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists in the opening quarter while making plays like this.

No matter, the Celtics proceeded to sandwich 35 and 36 point quarters in between halftime to help them blow out the Bucks at the TD Garden. Boston 124, Milwaukee 109 final.

Along with his stellar first quarter, Antetokounmpo finished his night with a game high 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.

Tyler Zeller led the Celtics in scoring with 26 points off the bench. The seven footer also contributed on the defensive side of the ball blocking 4 Bucks shots. Both stats tied a career high for Zeller.

Due to the size of Milwaukee, Brad Stevens unleashed his teams size giving them a large amount of minutes. Kelly Olynyk,  Tyler Zeller and Jonas Jerebko all saw over 20 minutes of time on the floor. Jared Sullinger (19) and Amir Johnson (15) also saw a lot of playing time against the Bucks.

Kelly Olynyk was a perfect 5-5 from the floor and finished with 16 points, 7 rebounds and was a +22.

He also rose up for this alley oop.

Evan Turner (+26) and Marcus Smart (+22) were both battling eye injuries — Turner was even wearing goggles — and both were a factor off the bench in the win while combing to score just 8 points. Each finished with 9 assists and Marcus Smart had this highlight pass at the end of the first half.

With the Miami loss to Orlando, the Celtics and Atlanta are the only two teams tied for the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference. That adds to the theater of Saturday nights matchup in Atlanta when the Celtics take on the Hawks. This is just one of three pivotal games down the streak for Boston. After Atlanta, the Celtics will face the Charlotte Hornets (Monday) and Miami Heat (Wednesday).

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