The short-handed Boston Celtics thumped the reeling Phoenix Suns by a final score of 113-88, winning their first road game against a Western Conference opponent all season.
Kevin Garnett sat out to rest, so the Celtics went small, starting Jeff Green alongside Brandon Bass up front.
That small lineup yielded a big victory, as Boston shot nearly 56 percent from the field and had five players score in double figures.
Jeff Green scored a season-high 31 points on 11-of-14 shooting, and Chris Wilcox registered his own season-best total of 14.
Jordan Crawford made his Celtics debut as well, pumping in 10 points in 15 minutes. In other words, everything that could have gone right for Boston, did go right.
Of course, it didn't hurt that the lowly Suns simply couldn't get out of their own way.
The Suns shot just 42 percent from the field and 61 percent from the foul line en route to a pretty unwatchable performance. Whenever coach Linday Hunter played a conventional lineup, the Celtics' smaller frontcourt players darted right around Luis Scola and Marcin Gortat.
And when Phoenix trotted out a similarly undersized group, Boston just kept on running.
The Celtics improved to 29-26, with two more rough road dates against the Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz looming before they head back home. Phoenix fell to 18-38, remaining firmly planted in the Western Conference cellar.
Final Score: Celtics 113, Suns 88
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