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Bucks Beat Boston; Still Settle For 6-Seed

BOSTON (AP) -- Jerry Stackhouse and Luke Ridnour scored 17 points apiece, and the Milwaukee Bucks won their regular-season finale 106-95 on Wednesday night as the Boston Celtics rested their Big Three in preparation for the playoffs.

With Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen sitting out to avoid possible injury, the lack of defense and excitement had spectators moving toward the exits midway through the fourth quarter.

The game began as a possible first-round preview if Milwaukee won and Miami lost to New Jersey.  But because the Heat outlasted the Nets in double-overtime, Miami earned the 5-seed and a playoff date with Boston.  The Bucks settle for the 6-seed and a postseason-opening trip to Atlanta.

Rajon Rondo had 21 points and 15 assists for the Celtics, who lost for the seventh time in 10 games.

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