The Boston Celtics (13-17) snapped a three-game losing streak and escaped with a 103-100 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers (10-19) on Saturday afternoon. The Cavs have now lost four in a row.
Despite leading by 19 points after three quarters of play, the Celtics nearly coughed up their massive lead as the Cavaliers stormed back and outscored the Celtics, 34-18, in the game's final period. Cleveland had scored just 22 points apiece in each of the game's first three quarters.
Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 32 points on 13-of-22 shooting, but it was a balanced Boston attack boasting six double-figure scorers that ultimately came out on top.
Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford poured in 19 points apiece for the Celtics while Avery Bradley and Brandon Bass added 18 and 15 points, respectively, off the bench. Bass also tied his career-high with four assists in the win.
Courtney Lee was the high man off the pine for Boston, accounting for 11 of the team's 14 bench points.
The Cavs shot 47 percent from the field and 50 percent from three, but were unable to overcome their first-half woes. They slipped behind early after allowing the Celtics to score 35 points in the second quarter and were never able to fight all the way back.
Dion Waiters scored 17 points on 6-of-16 shooting, but was denied on a potential game-tying layup by Bass, who rejected his driving attempt with 10 seconds to go.
Next up for the Celtics is a date with the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday while the Cavs will square off against the Golden State Warriors tomorrow night.