BOSTON — With the final minutes of play winding down and the Boston Celtics victory all but secured, there was just one bit of business left to be done - getting Jordan Crawford a triple-double.
Like most of what the Celtics were looking to accomplished, this too came to pass with the 6-foot-4 guard finishing with the team's first triple-double in Boston's 103-86 win over Cleveland.
"I figured the game was kind of in hand," Crawford said of being on the floor with the game all but over. "They (triple-doubles) don't come around too much."
Sitting on nine points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, the crowd began to cheer on Crawford to take more shots and get the triple-double.
There was no need to encourage him.
"Yeah, my teammates were telling me (I was close to a triple-double)," said Crawford, grinning.
After a couple of misses, Crawford was fouled with 1:34 to play.
A 90.9 percent free throw shooter this season, he calmly sank both and was immediately replaced by rookie guard Phil Pressey.
Finishing with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, Crawford amassed his third career triple-double and first with the Celtics.
After the game, head coach Brad Stevens seemed to be caught off guard when asked about Crawford's triple-double.
"He got a triple double?" said Stevens who was kidding (we think). "Crawford did? Holy Smokes! I had no idea. He got eleven rebounds. Jordan Crawford?"
After the game, Crawford admitted that he asked Stevens "a little bit" to stay in the game in the closing minutes.
"I whispered in his ear a little bit," said Crawford who added, "appreciate it, Coach."