Celtics eclipse Suns, 113-88

Celtics eclipse Suns, 113-88
February 22, 2013, 11:15 pm
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PHOENIX — The Boston Celtics don't have the kind of players known for up-and-down, track meet in cleats kind of play.

But with so few big bodies, getting out in transition is an absolute necessity for them to compete, let alone win games.

Boston's transition game was just one of the many things that seemed to work on Friday night as the Celtics worked over a Phoenix Suns team, 113-88.

Jeff Green, who finished with a season-high 31 points, was able to corral loose balls and attack coast-to-coast.

Long rebounds found their ways into the hands of Boston's guards who quickly got the ball up court for easy scores.

Of Boston's 11 first-quarter field goals, eight of them were within four-feet of the basket.

With the victory, Boston (29-26) snapped a two-game losing skid while handing the Suns (18-38) their sixth loss in their last seven games.

Boston exploded with a 13-0 run to start the game, attacking the porous Suns defense with driving lay-up after driving lay-up.

With Kevin Garnett getting the night off, the C's went with Green in the starting lineup.

The change paid off for both Green and the Celtics.

Phoenix had no match for him defensively, as Green blew past every defender the Suns threw at him.

And when he wasn't getting to the rim for easy baskets, he was knocking down lightly contested jumpers.

Boston led 28-20 after the first, with Green scoring 13 of the team's points.

Although he only had two points in the first half, Terrence Williams was instrumental in the Celtics' controlling the action in the first half.

The 6-foot-6 combo guard displayed a feel for the point guard position the C's haven't seen since Rajon Rondo went down with a season-ending torn right ACL injury.

He played less than eight minutes in the first half, but had almost as many assists (four) as the rest of the Celtics combined (five).

Boston also got their other newcomer Jordan Crawford on the floor in the second quarter. He had three points and an assist in about five first-half minutes. For the game, he finished with 10 points in 17 minutes.

As for the Suns, turnovers and poor shooting put them in a hole that they had shown no signs of digging themselves out of Friday night.