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Bass’s block saves Celtics in 103-100 win over Cavs

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Earl Clark (6) fails to make a 3-pointer over Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) with no time left on the clock in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Earl Clark (6) fails to make a 3-pointer over Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) with no time left on the clock in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) reacts after making a basket in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) reacts after making a basket in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Courtney Lee (11) goes up to shoot against Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao (17) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Courtney Lee (11) goes up to shoot against Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao (17) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao (17) shoots in front of Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao (17) shoots in front of Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters (3) against Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters (3) against Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) passes under the net in front of Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) passes under the net in front of Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) drives past Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk (41) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) drives past Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk (41) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) dunks in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) dunks in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters (3) drives past Boston Celtics' Jordan Crawford (27) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters (3) drives past Boston Celtics' Jordan Crawford (27) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) watches his shot go in during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) watches his shot go in during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk (41) and Cleveland Cavaliers' Tyler Zeller (40) chase a loose ball in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk (41) and Cleveland Cavaliers' Tyler Zeller (40) chase a loose ball in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack (1) keeps the ball in bounds in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack (1) keeps the ball in bounds in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown argues a call in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown argues a call in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) reacts to a goal tending call in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) reacts to a goal tending call in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) looks to move against Cleveland Cavaliers' Earl Clark (6) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) looks to move against Cleveland Cavaliers' Earl Clark (6) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) passes in front of Cleveland Cavaliers' Earl Clark (6) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) passes in front of Cleveland Cavaliers' Earl Clark (6) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Jordan Crawford (27) makes a move against Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Jordan Crawford (27) makes a move against Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) drives past Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) drives past Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) shoots between Cleveland Cavaliers' C.J. Miles (0) and Anderson Varejao (17) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) shoots between Cleveland Cavaliers' C.J. Miles (0) and Anderson Varejao (17) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters (3) drives past Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters (3) drives past Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' C.J. Miles (0) goes up to shoot in front of Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers' C.J. Miles (0) goes up to shoot in front of Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack (1) drives past Boston Celtics' Phil Pressey (26) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack (1) drives past Boston Celtics' Phil Pressey (26) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters (3) drives past Boston Celtics' Jordan Crawford (27) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters (3) drives past Boston Celtics' Jordan Crawford (27) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries (43) and Jeff Green (8) battle Cleveland Cavaliers' Tyler Zeller (40) for a rebound in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries (43) and Jeff Green (8) battle Cleveland Cavaliers' Tyler Zeller (40) for a rebound in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) grabs a rebound in front of Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao (17) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) grabs a rebound in front of Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao (17) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Jordan Crawford (27) reacts after scoring in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Jordan Crawford (27) reacts after scoring in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers' Anthony Bennett (15) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers' Anthony Bennett (15) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • The Cleveland Cavaliers bench watches late in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    The Cleveland Cavaliers bench watches late in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries (43) blocks a shot by Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries (43) blocks a shot by Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) moves against Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters (3) and Jarrett Jack (1) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) moves against Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters (3) and Jarrett Jack (1) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack (1) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers  in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack (1) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack (1) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack (1) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson (13) drives past Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson (13) drives past Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • A young fan tosses a ball to Boston Celtics' Jeff Green in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers  in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    A young fan tosses a ball to Boston Celtics' Jeff Green in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters (3) reacts to a call in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters (3) reacts to a call in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack (1) reacts to a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack (1) reacts to a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries (43) takes a free throw in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries (43) takes a free throw in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Phil Pressey (26) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Phil Pressey (26) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk (41) and Phil Pressey (26) defend against Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack (1) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk (41) and Phil Pressey (26) defend against Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack (1) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Earl Clark (6) fails to make a 3-pointer over Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) with no time left on the clock in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) reacts after making a basket in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Courtney Lee (11) goes up to shoot against Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao (17) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao (17) shoots in front of Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters (3) against Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) passes under the net in front of Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) drives past Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk (41) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) dunks in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters (3) drives past Boston Celtics' Jordan Crawford (27) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) watches his shot go in during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk (41) and Cleveland Cavaliers' Tyler Zeller (40) chase a loose ball in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack (1) keeps the ball in bounds in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown argues a call in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) reacts to a goal tending call in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) looks to move against Cleveland Cavaliers' Earl Clark (6) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) passes in front of Cleveland Cavaliers' Earl Clark (6) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Jordan Crawford (27) makes a move against Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) drives past Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) shoots between Cleveland Cavaliers' C.J. Miles (0) and Anderson Varejao (17) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters (3) drives past Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' C.J. Miles (0) goes up to shoot in front of Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack (1) drives past Boston Celtics' Phil Pressey (26) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters (3) drives past Boston Celtics' Jordan Crawford (27) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries (43) and Jeff Green (8) battle Cleveland Cavaliers' Tyler Zeller (40) for a rebound in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) grabs a rebound in front of Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao (17) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Jordan Crawford (27) reacts after scoring in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers' Anthony Bennett (15) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers bench watches late in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries (43) blocks a shot by Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) moves against Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters (3) and Jarrett Jack (1) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack (1) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers  in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack (1) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson (13) drives past Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • A young fan tosses a ball to Boston Celtics' Jeff Green in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers  in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters (3) reacts to a call in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack (1) reacts to a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries (43) takes a free throw in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Phil Pressey (26) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Celtics won 103-100. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk (41) and Phil Pressey (26) defend against Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Jack (1) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON – Brandon Bass couldn’t hide his smile after his timely blocked shot for the Boston Celtics.

Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford each scored 19 points, Bass added 15 points and had a game-saving block in the closing seconds yesterday, and the Celtics held on for a 103-100 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Early in the third quarter, Bass made a 3-pointer for only the second time in 18 career attempts, but it was timely play against Dion Waiters that made his day.

“The block,” he said, with a wide grin coming across his face when asked what play he enjoyed more. “The block was huge, man. The 3-pointer was cool, but the block was huge.”

The Cavaliers were playing soon after suspending center Andrew Bynum indefinitely for “conduct detrimental to the team” and banning him from all team-related activities. Bynum, who signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Cavaliers in July, did not travel with the team to Boston and it’s likely he has played his final game for Cleveland.

Avery Bradley added 18 points and eight rebounds to help Boston snap a three-game losing streak. Bass also had eight rebounds.

Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 32 points, the eighth time in his last 10 games he has scored 20 or more. Waiters added 17 points, and Jarrett Jack had 14 for Cleveland, which lost its fourth straight.

The Celtics led by 19 points entering the final quarter and held a 10-point advantage with 4½ minutes to play.

Boston had blown big leads in its last two home games.

“You know, I was telling (team President) Rich Gotham it should have been promoted as part of our holiday package,” Celtics Coach Brad Stevens said. “Every game is an adventure.”

It looked as if Boston would coast to the win before Jack hit consecutive 3-pointers, the second to cut it to 98-94 with 2:38 left. Cleveland had it down to four points twice again before Waiters’s two free throws made it 102-100 with 43.3 seconds left.

After Jared Sullinger shot an air ball on a 3-point attempt from the right wing that went out of bounds with 19.3 seconds left, Bass blocked Waiters’s shot in the lane and Bradley made a free throw with 1.4 seconds left.

“I tried to drive by and get the layup,” Waiters said. “I thought I got the (foul). I didn’t. They didn’t call it.”

After a timeout, Cleveland inbounded the ball to Earl Clark, who threw up an air ball as the horn sounded.

“I was just supposed to set a pick for Kyrie,” Clark said. “He wasn’t open. They just kept switching.”

Irving felt a slow start cost them.

“Dion tried to make a crucial play at a crucial time and came up a little short,” he said. “But this could have been avoided in quarters previous to this. Like I said, we just have to get off to better starts throughout the game so we don’t put ourselves in a big hole like that.”

NOTES

∎ Boston next plays Tuesday afternoon when it hosts Atlanta in the opener of a day/night NBA/NHL doubleheader. The Bruins face the New York Islanders at night.

∎ The Cavaliers host Golden State today in what was scheduled to be an “Andrew Bynum Fathead Giveaway” game.

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