National Basketball Association
              === Celtics end road skid with win in Cleveland ===
 Cleveland, OH ( - Kelly Olynyk and Avery Bradley each scored
 25  points  and the Boston  Celtics snapped a 13-game  road skid with a 111-99
 drubbing of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday.
 Olynyk also pulled down 12 rebounds, while Bradley made five of Boston's 12 3-
 pointers.  Jeff  Green and Brandon Bass  contributed 19 points apiece and Phil
 Pressey  handed out 13 assists for the Celtics, who won back-to-back games for
 the first time in over a month.
 Saturday  was  the penultimate game  for the Cavs,  but they played like their
 season  was already over as they hit just 31.8 percent of their shots over the
 first three quarter.
 "We  have to do a better job of battling human nature and not allowing that to
 impact  our  effort," said Cavs center  Spencer Hawes, who did not score after
 opening the game with a 3-pointer.
 Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Jarrett Jack all scored 15 points in the club's
 fourth loss in its last five games.
 The Celtics rolled to the easy win despite playing only eight players.
 "We  were shorthanded as far as bodies go, but all eight guys were pretty good
 and were locked in tonight," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.
 They  led by a  dozen, 19-7, less than six minutes in behind seven points from
 Olynyk and brought a 28-18 cushion into the second.
 An  Irving  3-pointer had the  Cavs within seven, 45-38,  but Boston went on a
 15-4  run over  the final three minutes  of the half, with Olynyk's layup just
 before the buzzer yielding a 60-42 advantage.
 The  margin grew  to 26 when Bradley hit  from long range to cap an 8-0 run to
 start the third, and it was an 89-58 difference at the end of stanza.
 The spread went as high as 33 in the fourth.
                                   Game Notes
 Boston's  previous  road win came in  Milwaukee on Feb.10 ... The Celtics, who
 swept the three-game season series, end their road schedule in Philadelphia on
 Monday ... Cleveland closes its season against the Nets on Wednesday.
 04/12 23:59:57 ET

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