Crawford’s triple-double leads Celtics over Cavs

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Boston, Massachusetts: Jordan Crawford No. 27 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket in front of Jarrett Jack No.1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first quarter during the game at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. AFP PHOTO

Boston, Massachusetts: Jordan Crawford No. 27 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket in front of Jarrett Jack No.1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first quarter during the game at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. AFP PHOTO

BOSTON: Jordan Crawford notched a triple-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists Friday as the Boston Celtics routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-86 in an NBA contest.

Jeff Green poured in 31 points and Avery Bradley scored 21 for Boston, who shot 61 percent in the first quarter as they powered to an 18-point lead.

Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger had 12 points apiece for the Celtics, who never trailed in snapping a four-game home losing streak.

Dion Waiters came off the bench to score 21 points for Cleveland, who have lost five in a row and eight of their last nine games.


Bradley had eight points in the first period, including a brace of three-pointers in the first two minutes.

Crawford also helped the Celtics build a quick lead with a 13-0 scoring run that resulted in an 18-2 margin.

Crawford’s jump shot took the Celtics to a 12-2 lead, and he delivered a pass for Bass’s alley-oop basket that capped the run.

Boston led 28-10 after the first period and their lead never slipped below double digits.

The Celtics led by as many as 25 points, limiting Cleveland to 37.2 percent shooting from the floor.

Kyrie Irving had 17 points for the Cavaliers, who also received 10 points and 12 rebounds from Anderson Varejao.

Cleveland’s reserves scored 56 points. The Cavaliers bench players have recorded at least 50 points in four of their last five games.

AFP

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