MILWAUKEE — A 16-0 third-quarter run propelled the Boston Celtics to an easy 99-83 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Guard Isiah Thomas scored 20 points to lead the Celtics, who also got 12 from forward Jae Crowder and 11 from center Jered Sullinger.
David Lee added 13 and Kelly Olynyk had 11, sparking a Boston bench that wore down the short-handed Bucks, who were without their starting backcourt of Michael Carter-Williams and O.J. Mayo.
The Celtics’ reserves combined for 48 points compared to just 25 for Milwaukee, which got 12 points from reserve guard Jerryd Bayless.
Center Greg Monroe led Milwaukee with 17 and 14 rebounds. Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo added 16 but was limited in the second half after quickly picking up a fourth foul.
Turnovers were costly for the Bucks, who had 18 for the game compared to just 14 assists on 41.1 percent shooting.
Three Boston turnovers fueled an 8-0 Bucks run to start the game and Monroe hit all five of his first quarter shots to put Milwaukee up by as many as 12 before the Celtics rallied and tied the game up at 24-all.
Boston’s bench led the comeback and also propelled the Celtics to a 35-27 lead early in the second and a 46-42 lead at halftime.
The Celtics shot 44 percent and hit only 7 of 30 3-pointers but scored 21 points off Milwaukee’s miscues and outrebounded the Bucks, 45-41.
Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley sat out the second half with a bruised left leg.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Bucks while Boston moved to .500 (3-3) after winning consecutive games for the first time this season.
NOTES: PG Michael Carter-Williams (ankle) and SG O.J. Mayo (hamstring) did not dress for Milwaukee. Carter-Williams missed four straight games while Mayo has yet to appear in a game this season. … PG Marcus Smart practiced Monday but was still feeling pain in his left big toe and did not travel with the Celtics to Milwaukee and missed his third straight game. … Boston F Jae Crowder was available and in the starting lineup Tuesday. Crowder, who played collegiately in Milwaukee for Marquette, suffered a bone bruise on his left knee last Friday against the Wizards. … Milwaukee’s four-game winning streak, which ended Tuesday, was the Bucks’ longest since winning four in a row last February.
Heat 101, Lakers 88
MIAMI — Kobe Bryant didn’t make a final game appearance at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday night, but the Miami Heat were just fine with having the 17-time All-Star guard in street clothes.
With Bryant a late scratch to give him a rest, the Heat handled the Los Angeles Lakers 101-88 Tuesday night.
Chris Bosh led the Heat with 30 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field and 10-of-12 from the free-throw line. Not to be outdone by the Heat forward, center Hassan Whiteside finished with 19 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks. He shot 8-for-12 from the floor.
The Heat (5-3) are 2-0 to start their seven-game homestand.
The Lakers (1-6) fell in the middle game of a five-game road trip after beating the Brooklyn Nets and losing to the New York Knicks.
With the big men contributing significantly, Miami outscored Los Angeles in the paint 46-30 and outrebounded the Lakers 47-36.
Heat guard Dwyane Wade finished with 12 points and six assists, but he did not score his first points until the middle of the second quarter.
Lakers guard Nick Young scored 14 of his team-high 17 points in the first half. Forward Metta World Peace and guard Lou Williams added 14 points apiece.
Young and World Peace started a combined 9-for-9 on 3-point attempts.
Holding a double-digit lead, the Heat got a pair of highlights from the bench in the fourth quarter.
Guard Tyler Johnson, who scored nine points, left Lakers guard Marcelo Huertas behind with a crossover dribble and then drew contact at the rim for a skillful and-one layup. Johnson later fed forward Josh McRoberts, who had four points, four rebounds and three assists, for a tomahawk slam.
Young gave the Lakers a spark off the bench early in the second quarter, connecting on his first five field-goal attempts and first four 3-point tries. He added another 3-pointer in the third.
After a review of the last jumper of his streak was changed from a two-point shot to a 3-pointer, it capped a 21-4 Lakers run that wiped out the Heat’s first-quarter lead. Young scored all 14 of his first-half points during the stretch.
Miami led 50-49 at halftime.