Bass' block saves Celtics in 103-100 win over Cavs

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm •  Published: December 28, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Brandon Bass couldn't hide his smile after his timely blocked shot for the Boston Celtics.

Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford each scored 19 points, Bass added 15 points and had a game-saving block in the closing seconds Saturday, and the Celtics held on for a 103-100 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Early in the third quarter, Bass made a 3-pointer for only the second time in 18 career attempts, but it was timely play against Dion Waiters that made his day.

"The block," he said, with a wide grin coming across his face when asked what play he enjoyed more. "The block was huge, man. The 3-pointer was cool, but the block was huge."

The Cavaliers were playing soon after suspending center Andrew Bynum indefinitely for "conduct detrimental to the team" and banning him from all team-related activities. Bynum, who signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Cavaliers in July, did not travel with the team to Boston and it's likely he has played his final game for Cleveland.

Avery Bradley added 18 points and eight rebounds to help Boston snap a three-game losing streak. Bass also had eight rebounds.

Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 32 points, the eighth time in his last 10 games he has scored 20 or more. Waiters added 17 points, and Jarrett Jack had 14 for Cleveland, which lost its fourth straight.

The Celtics led by 19 points entering the final quarter and held a 10-point edge with 4 1/2 minutes to play.

Boston had blown big leads in its last two home games.

"You know, I was telling (team President) Rich Gotham it should have been promoted as part of our holiday package," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "Every game is an adventure."

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