C's Cough Up Lead, Beat Bucks in OT

New Big Three return to lead the Green
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2008 11:54 PM CDT
Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut, right, fouls Boston Celtics forward Leon Powe, left, in the first half of a basketball game Tuesday, April 8, 2008 in Milwaukee.    (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)
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(Newser) – The Big Three were back to build a big lead, but the Boston Celtics' reserves coughed it up and had to come back in overtime for a 107-104 victory over Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. Eddie House's 3-pointer gave Boston a lead with 1:29 left in overtime, and the Celtics held the Bucks scoreless the rest of the way.

Boston has won seven straight. After sitting out the Celtics' victory at Charlotte on Saturday, stars Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce lobbied coach Doc Rivers to play Tuesday night. Rivers originally wanted to get them another night of rest but relented. Garnett scored 21 points, Allen had 11 and Pierce, who returned to the team after the birth of his daughter, had 14.