Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford scored 19 points each as the Boston Celtics survived a spirited comeback by the Cleveland Cavaliers en route to a 103-100 win Saturday at TD Garden.
Crawford made seven of 11 shots, including a short jumper to give the Celtics a six-point cushion that was enough to keep the Cavaliers at bay and snap a three-game losing streak.
Avery Bradley added 18 points and eight boards, Brandon Bass had 15 while Courtney Lee and Kris Humphries had 11 and 10 off the bench, respectively for the Celtics (13-17).
Kyrie Irving scored 32 points, Dion Waiters had 17 off the bench, Jarrett Jack had 14 and Earl Clark added 12 for the Cavaliers, who slipped to 10-19 following a fourth straight defeat.
The Celtics led by as many as 22 points, 69-47, early in the third but Irving and Waiters sparked the Cavaliers’ comeback in the fourth.
Irving scored 12 of his output while Waiters added nine in the fourth to help the Cavaliers trim the deficit to 102-100 with 20 seconds left to play.
The Cavaliers had a chance to tie the game after the Celtics’ shot clock violation but Bass blocked Waiters’ layup. Anderson Varejao then fouled Bradley, who sank one of two foul shots with a second left on the clock for the final count.
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers announced that they have indefinitely suspended center Andrew Bynum for conduct detrimental to the team.
“That’s an internal matter,” Cleveland coach Mike Brown said of the suspension before Saturday’s game against the Celtics. “I know you can respect that so there’s really nothing to tell.”
According to sources, the Cavaliers are now trying to move Bynum before Jan. 7 to avoid paying his guaranteed contract for the year.
The Cavaliers signed Bynum to a two-year, $24 million contract last summer, but only $6 million is guaranteed.
If the team is convinced he is not fully committed going forward and released him, it would save itself $6 million.