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Olynyk double-double leads Celtics past Cavs

By SportsDirect Inc.
April 12. 2014 10:27PM
Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (left) and center Joel Anthony and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) reach for a rebound in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

CLEVELAND -- Rookie Kelly Olynyk matched his season high with 25 points and added a season-high 12 rebounds as Boston pounded host Cleveland, 111-99, on Saturday.

Avery Bradley went 5-of-6 from 3-point range en route to 25 points and Jeff Green scored 19 for the Celtics, who have won back-to-back games for the first time since Mar. 7 and 9.

Brandon Bass scored 19 points and Phil Pressey matched his career best of 13 assists while starting in place of Rajon Rondo (shin) for Boston.

Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Jarrett Jack scored 15 points apiece as the Cavaliers fell for the fourth time in five games.

Tristan Thompson added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland, which needed a 41-point fourth quarter to make it respectable.

The Celtics jumped out to a 28-18 lead after the first quarter and pushed it to an 18-point gap at the half when Olynyk closed the period with a layup.

Green and Bradley each buried a 3-pointer in an 8-0 run to begin the third as Boston spread it out. Bradley hit another 3-pointer during a 10-0 run late in the third and Bradley's layup made it 89-58 heading into the final stanza.

Pressey's 3-pointer made it 101-70 with 8:14 to play and the Celtics coasted to the finish.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Celtics were missing F Jared Sullinger (ankle), G Jerryd Bayless (knee) and F Kris Humphries (knee) in addition to Rondo. ... Cleveland F Luol Deng (back) missed his second straight game. ... Boston won on the road for the first time since Feb. 10.


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