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Green leads Celtics past Bucks 102-86

  • Milwaukee Bucks' Zaza Pachulia tries to block Boston Celtics' Jeff Green during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

    Milwaukee Bucks' Zaza Pachulia tries to block Boston Celtics' Jeff Green during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

  • Milwaukee Bucks' Ekpe Udoh attempts to block the shot of Boston Celtics' Phil Pressey during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

    Milwaukee Bucks' Ekpe Udoh attempts to block the shot of Boston Celtics' Phil Pressey during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

  • Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger, left, strips the ball from Milwaukee Bucks' Zaza Pachulia during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

    Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger, left, strips the ball from Milwaukee Bucks' Zaza Pachulia during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

  • Milwaukee Bucks' Gary Neal (12) drives on Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

    Milwaukee Bucks' Gary Neal (12) drives on Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

  • Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) watches as Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass grabs a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

    Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) watches as Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass grabs a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

  • Milwaukee Bucks' John Henson tries to stop Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

    Milwaukee Bucks' John Henson tries to stop Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

  • Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmp, left, shoots over Boston Celtics' Gerald Wallace during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

    Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmp, left, shoots over Boston Celtics' Gerald Wallace during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

  • Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger, left, strips the ball from Milwaukee Bucks' Zaza Pachulia during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

    Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger, left, strips the ball from Milwaukee Bucks' Zaza Pachulia during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

  • Milwaukee Bucks' Zaza Pachulia tries to block Boston Celtics' Jeff Green during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
  • Milwaukee Bucks' Ekpe Udoh attempts to block the shot of Boston Celtics' Phil Pressey during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
  • Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger, left, strips the ball from Milwaukee Bucks' Zaza Pachulia during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
  • Milwaukee Bucks' Gary Neal (12) drives on Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
  • Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) watches as Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass grabs a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
  • Milwaukee Bucks' John Henson tries to stop Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
  • Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmp, left, shoots over Boston Celtics' Gerald Wallace during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
  • Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger, left, strips the ball from Milwaukee Bucks' Zaza Pachulia during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

MILWAUKEE – Boston Celtics Coach Brad Stevens insisted that Jeff Green take open shots when he had them.

The team’s leading scorer clearly got the message.

Green scored 19 of his 29 points in the second half, leading the Celtics to a 102-86 win over the Milwaukee Bucks last night.

“He passed one up in the first half that I was mad at him about,” Stevens said. “That was kind of the gist of our halftime talk. We can’t pass up open looks because that’s what they were giving us. He really didn’t pass any others up. He missed his first one of the third quarter and then really shot it well the rest of the night.”

Green shot 11 of 22 from the field and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line as the Celtics broke open a tight game in the fourth quarter.

“I am confident in every shot I put up,” Green said. “Whenever it leaves my hand, I am confident that it will go in. I kept shooting, and they started to fall. That is my game, driving to the rim.”

Stevens said Green has saved his top performances for weekday games on the road.

“That’s when he’s played his absolute best,” Stevens said. “He hit shots today that were really good shots and then he made some tough ones late. He got himself going by getting to the basket and by shooting it off screens.”

Kelly Olynyk added 14 points and 11 rebounds for his first career double-double for the Celtics.

Jared Sullinger added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Boston.

Brandon Knight had 22 points for Milwaukee, which also got 17 points from Gary Neal and 16 points from John Henson before he left late in the game with an ankle injury.

The Celtics held a 49-46 advantage at the half despite shooting just 40 percent. Brandon Bass led the way with 12 points. Knight had 14 first-half points for the Bucks, who shot 44 percent. The Celtics had 11 second-chance points compared to just one for the Bucks.

It was back and forth through the first two quarters with 10 lead changes and six ties.

Boston held a 26-24 lead after the first quarter, sparked by Bass, who had all 12 of his first-half points in the quarter.

Boston shot 48 percent for the game, compared with 43 percent for Milwaukee.

Notes

∎ The Bucks also were without Caron Butler (ankle), Ersan Ilyasova (back) and O.J. Mayo (illness). Luke Ridnour (back) and Ekpe Udoh (ankle) returned to the lineup.

∎ Celtics G Rajon Rondo sat out after logging a season-high 37 minutes Sunday. He’s been limited from playing in back-to-back games as he recovers from ACL surgery. “I think he’ll be playing back-to-backs very soon,” Boston Coach Brad Stevens said.

∎ Celtics’ starting G Avery Bradley (sprained right ankle) also was out of the lineup. He’s scheduled to undergo an MRI today.

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