The Boston Celtics took care of business and crushed the Phoenix Suns on Friday night in Phoenix, 113-88.
Boston didn't necessarily blow out Phoenix in any of the first three quarters, but the Celtics did outscore the Suns in each. That helped steadily build a big advantage that ballooned out of control in the fourth quarter.
The newest basketball player in Beantown, Jordan Crawford, scored seven points early on in the fourth to help create even more space between the Celtics and Suns. He would finish with 10 points, three rebounds and two assists in his Celtics debut.
Jeff Green also had a hand in that big final frame for Boston, but he did the majority of his damage during the first three quarters. The Celtics forward made a huge contribution of 31 points, seven rebounds and four assists with Kevin Garnett on the shelf.
The Suns had all sorts of issues in this game, namely their three-point shooting. Phoenix shot a dreadful 21 percent from long range and 41 percent from the field overall. On the flip side, the Suns allowed the Celtics to shoot 45 percent from long distance and 55 percent overall.
Boston had four players in double figures as Jason Terry and Avery Bradley both added 13 points apiece.
Goran Dragic led the way for the Suns with 19 points and 10 assists.
Player of the Game: Jeff Green
This was by far Green's best game of the season for the Celtics. The 26-year-old scored 31 points, but he had a great all-around game with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. On a night when Garnett wasn't able to go, Green couldn't have stepped up any more.
What's Next for Boston
Boston will travel to Portland on Sunday night to take on the Trail Blazers, and then head to Utah to take on the Jazz after that.
What's Next for Phoenix
The Suns will welcome (or not) the team with the best record in the NBA on Sunday: the San Antonio Spurs.