- Chris Forsberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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THE NITTY GRITTY
In danger of posting the longest home losing streak since the pre-Big Three era, the Celtics feasted on the disheveled Cavaliers, scoring 18 of the game's first 20 points and leading by as much as 25 en route to a breezy (Big Three-like) triumph that snapped a four-game TD Garden losing streak. Jeff Green scored a season-high 31 points (10-of-19 field goals, 9-of-13 free throws), Avery Bradley added 21 on super-efficient 9-of-11 shooting (3-of-4 beyond the 3-point arc), and Jordan Crawford registered his third career triple double (11 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists). Dion Waiters paced Cleveland with a team-high 21 points off the bench.
For the first time this season, the Celtics enjoyed Gino Time, when the popular "American Bandstand" clip rolled with Boston on top 101-80 with 1 minute, 56 seconds to play. Even without Kevin Garnett to raise his fist with each appearance of smooth-grooving Gino, the fans roared throughout the clip.
The Celtics opened the game on an 18-2 run, culminating with a pair of alley-oops from Crawford (the first of which was an emphatic throwdown by Green before a less graceful layup by Brandon Bass). Bradley scored a team-high eight points in that first quarter, while Crawford had 4 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists as Boston led by as much as 18 (22-4 with 2:38 to go). Boston, which had struggled in first quarters, shot 61.1 percent (11-of-18), while the Cavs missed 15 of the 19 shots (21.1 percent) they took.
Jared Sullinger picked up his first technical foul of the season while barking at an official after picking up his third foul of the first half. Sullinger was being taken out of the game when he appeared to offer an unsolicited review of the calls against him. It was Boston's fourth technical foul of the season.
3-POINTER FOR BASS?!
This about sums up the night for Boston: On the final possession of the third quarter, Bass banked in the first 3-pointer of his NBA career. Bass had been 0-for-16 over the first eight-plus seasons of his career. It was only the fourth 3-point attempt of Bass' two-plus seasons in Boston. Not to be outdone by a fellow big man, Sullinger registered four 3-pointers on the night.
Keith Bogans, who had appeared in only two games this season, got extended floor time, checking in late in the third quarter with Boston up 20. He played seven scoreless minutes. ... MarShon Brooks played the final two minutes with the game in hand. He had been a healthy DNP the previous five games. ... All five Boston starters finished in double figures and Boston shot 50 percent overall. Cleveland had one starter in double figures (Kyrie Irving, 17 points) and shot 37.2 percent.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Celtics wrap up this brutal November schedule with the tail end of a back-to-back set Saturday in Milwaukee. After that, Boston will have played 19 games over the first 31 days of the 2013-14 season. The schedule eases up in December with only 12 games in 31 days, including only three on the road (two of which are in New York, while the other is in Indiana with a five-day Christmas break following it).