Celtics take care of struggling Cavs, 103-86

Celtics take care of struggling Cavs, 103-86
November 29, 2013, 10:00 pm
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BOSTON — And in keeping with the Black Friday tradition of getting quality goods on the cheap, the Boston Celtics got maximum value in their 103-86 win over a Cleveland club that's making a strong case for being the league's worst team this season.

The victory snapped a four-game losing skid at home for Boston, the longest home drought since the Celtics dropped four in a row Jan. 6-16, 2012.

It also extended the misery that this season has become for the Cavaliers (4-12), losers of five straight and eight of their last nine games.

"Right now as a team we're trying to find ourselves," said Cavs head coach Mike Brown. "Trying to find an identity of how to play the game."

Cleveland forward Tristan Thompson, who had two points and seven rebounds, echoed similar sentiments.

"With all the changes, new coach, new system, a few new players, we're still trying to figure it all out," he told CSNNE.com.

Meanwhile, the Celtics turned in the kind of performance that provides hope that this whole rebuilding process in Boston won't be like the Big Dig-like struggles the Cavaliers have had since LeBron James took his talents - and apparently any hopes that the Cavs had of being a decent, playoff-caliber team - to South Beach three years ago.

Jeff Green was extremely aggressive from the very outset, finishing with a game-high 31 points.

Jordan Crawford was in triple-double mode with his scoring, rebounding and as usual, dime-dropping. He would finish with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists - the first triple-double by a Celtics player this season.

Cleveland became the latest team to practically dare Avery Bradley to pull up for mid-range jumpers.

And once again he made a team pay dearly, connecting on 9-of-11 shooting for 21 points.

Despite being in control the entire night, the Celtics were not about to give the Cavs any hopes of a four quarter comeback.

That's why despite having a lead that teetered over and under the 20-point mark most of the fourth, key starters like Green, Bradley and Crawford played most of the fourth quarter.

But with 1:56 to play, Crawford was the lone starter still on the floor.