Herd Loses First Regular Season Game
OSHKOSH, Wis. - The Wisconsin Herd, the NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, lost their first game of the regular season to the Maine Celtics 117-89. The Herd and the Celtics stayed close throughout most of the game with 12 lead changes and six times tied, but a strong offensive fourth quarter helped the Celtics secure the win. This is the first time all season the Herd scored under 100 points.
The two teams stayed within six points of each other until the middle of the third quarter when the Celtics took the lead with six minutes left. The Celtics went on an 11-0 run to build their lead to 71-60. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Celtics led 76-68. Maine continued to outscore the Herd going 22-14 to go up 93-76. The Celtics remained on top to beat the Herd 117-89.
Terry Larrier led both teams with a career and team-season high of 42 points. Lindell Wigginton added 13 points and Javin DeLaurier had 14 rebounds. The Herd had only four players from their original roster play tonight. Johnson, Outlaw, Stansberry and Wyche played in their first Herd game combining for 19 points.
The Herd shot 34.9% from field-goal range, 24.4% from three-point range and 72.7% from the free-throw line. The Herd had 12 turnovers while the Celtics had 16. The Herd had 10 steals compared to the Celtics with eight.
The Maine Celtics were led by Aaron Nesmith with 21 points while Juwan Morgan added 17.
To start the game the two teams traded baskets until the Herd went on an 11-2 run to take the lead 13-9. With 4:46 left in the quarter, the Celtics took the lead 15-13. Jaylen Bland hit a three to take back the lead for the Herd 18-16. The Herd led at the end of the first quarter 24-23. Terry Larrier led the Herd at the end of the first quarter with 16 points while Javin DeLaurier added six rebounds.
The Celtics took the lead early in the second quarter going up 30-26. The Herd battled back to take the lead 42-41 after Trevis Wyche hit a two-point shot with 2 minutes left in the second quarter. Larrier hit a two-point shot to help the Herd build its lead 44-41. The Celtics answered hitting three two-point field goals to take back the lead 47-44 at the half. Larrier was on top at the half with 23 points while DeLaurier added nine rebounds. In the first half, there were 10 lead changes and four times tied.
To start the third quarter the Herd hit three consecutive three-pointers to go on top 53-47. With six minutes left, the Celtics scored a three to take back the lead 61-60. The Herd went on a four-minute scoreless run until Terry Larrier hit a free throw. The Celtics were on top at the end of the third quarter 76-68. Terry Larrier led both teams at the end of the third quarter with 37 points.
The Celtics scored 41 points in the fourth quarter to win 117-86.
The Herd will play again on Wednesday, January 12 at the Long Island Nets with tip-off set for 6:00 p.m. CST.
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