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MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Ray Allen scored eight of his 32 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 105-99 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.
Anthony Mason, acquired by Milwaukee in the offseason, had six points, seven rounds and four assists in home debut with the Bucks, who squandered a 17-point lead, but rallied to win their third straight.
Sam Cassell had 25 points and 12 assists, and Glenn Robinson had 24 points and 11 rebounds for Milwaukee.
Paul Pierce finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds, and Antoine Walker added 29 points and 17 rebounds for the Celtics, who were playing their fourth game in five days.
The loss was Boston’s fifth straight in Milwaukee, dating to Jan. 3, 1997.
Boston rookie Joe Johnson scored 23 points on 9-for-12 shooting and tied the game at 90 with 4:24 left. His 11 points in the fourth kept Boston in contention.
Pierce hit a pair of 3-pointers and Walker added another to keep Boston close.
Pierce scored 13 points and Walker added 11 as Boston erased a 17-point deficit and closed within 80-76 after three quarters.
Pierce put the Celtics ahead 88-87 with a layup with 6:01 left. Two free throws by Robinson and another by Thomas gave Milwaukee the lead, but Johnson tied it at 90 with just over four minutes remaining.
Allen, who was 8-for-8 on his free throws, and Robinson each hit a pair of free throws to give the Bucks a 94-90 lead with 3:49 remaining.
Pierce tied the game for the last time with a 3-pointer, but Robinson hit two free throws give Milwaukee a lead it never relinquished.
Notes: The Bucks allowed an average of 106.5 points in their first two games. ... If Sam Cassell agrees to the three-year extension the team has offered, the Bucks will have all their key players under contract for at least four seasons. ... The Bucks are 24-10 in home openers, including four consecutive victories. ... The Bucks’ victory evened the all-time series against the Celtics at 75 wins a piece.