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NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Boston



(Saturday, December 28th)

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 Saturday.

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, respectively.

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, respectively.

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 85-72.

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 38-26 contest.

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.

Game Notes

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 skid.

12/28 20:31:04 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
2nd Intermission
CAR 1
MIN 1
 
4th
CHA 80
TOR 71
 
Final
STL 5
HOU 2
 
Final
BOS 3
MIA 5
 
Final
TAM 2
MIN 1
 
Final
PHI 1
NYY 4
 
Final
ATL 8
WAS 9
 
Final
TOR 5
BAL 4
 
Final
NYM 5
DET 4
Final
SDP 5
CWS 0
 
Final
CHC 2
CIN 5
 
Final
CLE 9
KAN 11
 
Final
MIL 1
LOS 10
 
Final
TEX 3
SFG 12
 
Final
LOS 7
SEA 4
 
Final
ANA 3
COL 0
 
Final
ARI 2
OAK 7
 
6th
NYY 0
PIT 3
 
3rd
IND 66
CHI 64
 
3rd
WAS 88
MIA 71
 
4th
ORL 92
SAC 86
 
4th
CHA 80
TOR 71
 
3rd
PHI 53
UTA 60
 
Half
ATL 53
CLE 43
 
2nd
NOP 37
BOS 43
 
2nd
HOU 34
DET 32
 
2nd
MEM 32
LAL 27
 
2nd
BRK 28
PHO 27
 
1st
SAN 7
DEN 7
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
DAL
Final
MVSU 75
ARKPB 94
 
Final
CSOU 60
LONG 68
 
Final
WICHS 56
SILL 45
Final
RAD 66
WINT 67
 
Final
ILLST 71
EVAN 67
Final
HIGH 71
GWEBB 72
 
Final
UNCG 81
SAMF 76
 
Final
ELON 74
TOWS 69
 
2nd
KSU 64
AKR 59
 
2nd
BUF 55
BGU 57
 
2nd
DART 56
BRO 64
 
2nd
WMICH 53
CMICH 44
 
2nd
PENN 39
CLMB 32
 
2nd
PRIN 59
CORN 51
 
2nd
OU 59
ILLCH 62
 
2nd
OHIO 95
UMO 65
 
2nd
BST 38
NILL 43
 
2nd
EMICH 69
TOL 51
 
2nd
NIOWA 62
BRAD 41
 
Half
MURST 43
MORE 32
 
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CCAR
UNCA
 
1st
HARV 17
YALE 22
 
8:30pm Tonight
DREX
COC
1st
CITA 5
FUR 6
 
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USF
PAC
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BAY
TTU
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EKENT
BEL
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CLST
DET
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INDST
LOYC
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SCU
LMU
2nd Intermission
NJD 1
CLB 3
 
2nd Intermission
CAR 1
MIN 1
 
2nd
OTT 1
BUF 2
 
2nd
DET 2
CAL 2
 
1st
CHI 0
EDM 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
PIT