BOSTON – Ray Allen scored 17 points in just three quarters and the Boston Celtics set a franchise record for fewest points allowed in the shot clock era, routing the Milwaukee Bucks 87-56 on Sunday.
It was the lowest score against the Celtics since they beat the Milwaukee Hawks 62-57 at Providence, R.I., on Feb. 27, 1955.
The Celtics held the Bucks to just 38 points through three quarters and clinched the new low when Milwaukee's Keyon Dooling missed a pair of free throws with 22 seconds remaining.
Nenad Krstic had 11 points and 14 rebounds and Paul Pierce scored 14 for the Celtics, who rested their starters throughout the fourth quarter.
Earl Barron was the only player to score in double figures for the Bucks, finishing with 10 points. Andrew Bogut and Brandon Jennings led Milwaukee's starters with eight points apiece.
The Bucks were coming off a 102-74 win over Philadelphia on Saturday, but were sluggish from the start after the late night trip, scoring just nine points in the first period.
It was Milwaukee's most dismal performance since an 88-58 loss to Seattle on Feb. 21, 2003 — the day after the Bucks traded Allen to the SuperSonics in a multiplayer deal for Gary Payton.
Eight years later, Allen had a light workout with 30 minutes for the Celtics.
The Bucks barely avoided the NBA record for fewest points in a half. Two field goals by Bogut in the final minute of the second quarter pushed Milwaukee's score from 18 to 22 — just three better than the league record for futility. It tied the Bucks' franchise low and was the fewest scored in a half against the Celtics ever.
The Bucks had more turnovers (nine) than field goals (eight) in the half and were outrebounded by Boston 27-17 in the first two periods.
NOTES: The Celtics got an early start on St. Patrick's Day festivities by wearing their green and gold uniforms at home. ... Bogut was called for his second foul just 4:31 into the game.