Pierce scores 12 as Celtics top Bucks 87-74

Published On: Apr 27 2012 08:43:46 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 27 2012 08:40:06 AM CDT
Milwaukee Bucks

BOSTON (AP) -- Paul Pierce scored all 12 of his points in the first half despite missing most of it with a sprained toe and Rajon Rondo had 15 assists as the Boston Celtics closed the regular season with a 87-74 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.

Avery Bradley added 14 points for the Celtics, who were nearly back at full strength in their final tuneup before the playoffs.

Tobias Harris led Milwaukee with 17 points. Jon Leuer added 15 points and Brandon Jennings scored 12 for the Bucks, who were 28-28 on April 7 but never could return to .500, finishing the season at 31-35 with two straight losses.