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NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Boston



(Monday, December 16th)

Final Score: Boston 101, Minnesota 97

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jared Sullinger netted 24 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the Boston Celtics to a 101-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"He's a scorer. He's always been a scorer. He's been a scorer as long as I've known him. It never surprises me when scorers make plays," Boston head coach Brad Stevens said of Sullinger.

Avery Bradley had 19 points and Jordan Crawford added 15 points for the Celtics, who will face the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.

Kevin Love poured in a game-high 27 points and had 14 rebounds, Nikola Pekovic scored 13 and Dante Cunningham had 12 points for Minnesota, which will host the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday. Alexey Shved added 10 and J.J. Barea had 10 points and 11 assists.

"We had every chance to win that game; couldn't make a layup, couldn't make a shot, for our starters it really was a struggle. We just missed too many opportunities that were right there for us," Wolves head coach Rick Adelman said.

A Luc Mbah a Moute layup 5:45 into the final quarter tied the game, 84-84. There were two more ties and four lead changes until a Sullinger 3-pointer put Boston up by three, 95-92.

Pekovic made a layup 1:16 later and got Minnesota within one but that was as close as they would come the rest of the game as they fouled the Celtics to the finish.

The third quarter was back and forth with neither team leading by more than seven points.

The Celtics tied the game, 59-59, with 6:39 left in the third quarter. A Kris Humphries layup 2:17 later gave Boston the lead back and they took a 74-69 advantage into the fourth.

Minnesota sparked a 10-4 run with 6:31 left in the second quarter. The run brought the T'wolves within one point after a Barea 3-pointer with 4:09 left in the half.

In the last 3:02 of the half there were four lead changes and three ties before the Celtics took a one point advantage at the half, 51-50.

The Celtics jumped right out the gate with an 8-2 run early on. Minnesota traded baskets for the rest of the first quarter. The Timberwolves came within three points but ended the first down eight, 29-21.

Game Notes

The Celtics had won 12 straight against Minnesota prior to dropping the last two meetings ... Boston shot 7-of-21 and Minnesota shot 8-of-29 from the arc ... Mbah a Moute scored nine and had six rebounds for Minnesota and Pekovic added seven rebounds.

12/17 01:30:08 ET

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Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
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x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
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x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
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Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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