Pho 24 17 23 15 79
Bos 23 30 14 20 87
Date of game: 1/9/2013

Recap: Boston vs. Phoenix

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger and the rest of the Boston Celtics' bench helped fend off the Phoenix Suns in an 87-79 victory on Wednesday.

Green scored 14 points, Sullinger recorded a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds and fellow reserve Jason Terry netted 13 points in Boston's fourth straight victory.

"All those guys are playing very well together," Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said of his bench. "It's nice when you can have a night when your starters aren't great and your bench wins a game for you."

The Celtics' bench outscored their starters (47-40), as Kevin Garnett's 10- point effort paced the starting five.

Luis Scola led Phoenix with 16 points, while Jared Dudley added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the club's 11th straight road loss.

"Obviously it's difficult to win on the road in the NBA," Suns head coach Alvin Gentry said. "We've got to dig ourselves out of this. And no one feels sorry for you in the NBA. So it's got to be us with the execution, and us completing the plays, and us doing the right things."

The Suns, losers of four straight overall, erased their double-digit halftime deficit in a little over six minutes, but their slim lead only lasted several possessions and they trailed, 67-64, entering the fourth.

The final 12 minutes was all Celtics, as Terry nailed a 3-pointer to ignite a quarter-opening 11-2 run.

Scola's free throw with 1:53 remaining pulled Phoenix within 82-76, but Sullinger hit a runner and Terry scored in transition off a nice pass from Rajon Rondo to push the margin back to double digits with a minute to play.

Phoenix wound up shooting 3-of-18 (17 percent) in the fourth quarter and were outscored by 10 in the paint after holding a 46-32 on the inside coming into the home stretch.

The Celtics trailed 24-23 after the first quarter, but sped out to a 12-point lead behind a 14-2 run midway through the second. Green threw down a pair of dunks during the spurt and Avery Bradley drained a jumper to end it for a 47-35 lead with 4:25 left in the half.

It was a 55-41 margin when Garnett opened the second-half scoring with a fadeaway, but the Suns rattled off the next 17 points behind solid interior play to jump back in front.

Rondo and Paul Pierce stopped the rally with buckets on consecutive possessions, and the Suns never held the lead again.

Game Notes

The Suns are still one win shy of earning the 2,000th victory in franchise history ... The Suns's last road victory came on Nov. 27 at Cleveland ... Rondo, who was coming off a one-game suspension, logged eight points and eight assists ... Pierce scored just seven points on 3-of-10 shooting for Boston, which had lost four of their previous five to the Suns.

Washington QB Miles suspended for opener

Washington Huskies quarterback Cyler Miles has been suspended for the season-opener at Hawaii on Aug. 30 after he was reportedly linked to a pair of assaults on the school's campus following the Super Bowl.

NASCAR News
Jones wins truck qualifying, heat race at Eldora

Erik Jones won the pole for Wednesday night's Mudsummer Classic Camping World Truck Series race after posting the fastest lap in qualifying at Eldora Speedway, a half-mile dirt track.

Twins P Hughes exits

Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Minnesota Twins right-hander Phil Hughes exited Thursday's game against the Chicago White Sox in the fourth inning.

Griffin withdraws from US national team

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin announced Thursday he will not play for the U.S. national basketball team this summer.

Canadiens retain Eller on 4-year deal

The Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms with restricted free-agent forward Lars Eller on a four-year contract Thursday.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.