Jared Sullinger scored 24 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had five assists, Avery Bradley scored 19 points and Jordan Crawford added 15 points as the Boston Celtics defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 101-97 Monday night.
Kevin Love led the Timberwolves with 27 points and 14 rebounds, but shot just nine-of-26 from the field and didn’t get a whole lot of help from the rest of the Timberwolves’ starters, who combined to shoot 10-of-39 from the field.
Despite shooting just 37-of-98 from the field, eight-of-29 from three and 15-of-26 from the free throw line, the Timberwolves managed to take a 92-90 lead on a Love three with just 3:47 to play. The Celtics answered with a Crawford jumper, a stop and a three-pointer from Sullinger that gave them the lead for good. The Celtics made stops down the stretch and hit six of their last eight free throws to ensure the victory.
The Timberwolves’ bench combined for 45 points on 18-of-33 shooting to keep them in the game. J.J. Barea had 10 points and 11 assists.
The Celtics are now 12-14 while the Timberwolves are 12-13.