Final Score: Boston 103, Cleveland 100
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford both had 19
points as the Boston Celtics held off the Cleveland Cavaliers, 103-100, on
Avery Bradley added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Celtics, who almost
blew a 22-point lead. Brandon Bass and Courtney Lee tallied 15 and 11 points,
Kyrie Irving ended with 32 points for the Cavaliers, who fell to 2-13 on the
road this season. Dion Waiters and Jarrett Jack had 17 and 14 points,
Prior to the game, Cleveland suspended center Andrew Bynum indefinitely for
conduct detrimental to the team. Bynum did not travel with the Cavaliers to
Boston and has been excused from all team activities indefinitely.
The Cavaliers scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to get within
Cleveland stayed within striking distance and Jack made consecutive 3-pointers
to cut the gap to 98-94 with 2:38 to play. The visitors then got within two,
102-100, after Waiters made two free throws with 43.3 seconds left.
Waiters had a chance to tie the game with 8.9 seconds remaining, but Bass
blocked his shot. After Bradley went 1-of-2 from the foul line, Cleveland
failed to get a shot off in the final 1.4 seconds.
"The last couple of possessions down the floor I thought that Dion did a nice
job of turning the corner, playing pick and roll with Anthony Bennett, turning
the corner and getting to the rim," said Cavs coach Mike Brown. "If he had the
ability to do that right away, go ahead and do that, attack the rim. He played
well the last few minutes."
Boston, which held a 24-22 lead after one quarter, started the second period
on a 14-4 run. Lee capped the surge with a pair of 3-pointers to make it a
The Celtics scored 35 points in the second stanza and took a 59-44 lead into
the locker room.
"The ball movement in the first half was outstanding," said Celtics coach Brad
Stevens. "And then defensively we just made it difficult enough on Waiters and
Irving. And I think that's why you try to do so they don't go for 50 and beat
you by themselves. But most of the time, you know, if we play like we did in
the first half, we can be a pretty good basketball team."
Boston scored the first seven points of the third quarter to build a 66-44
margin. They held an 85-66 lead heading into the final frame.
Earl Clark had 12 points for the Cavaliers, who have lost four in a row ...
Kris Humphries tallied 10 points for the Celtics, who snapped a three-game
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