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Bass' block saves Celtics in NBA win

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

BOSTON, Massachusetts - Brandon Bass made a game-saving blocked shot in the closing seconds for the Boston Celtics to hold out the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-100 in the NBA on Saturday.

The Celtics led by 19 points entering the final quarter but two Dion Waiters free throws made it 102-100 with 43.3 seconds left. Bass then blocked Waiters' shot in the lane and Avery Bradley nailed one free throw with 1.4 seconds left.

Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford each scored 19 points, Bradley 18, and Bass added 15 for Boston, who ended a three-game losing streak.

Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 32 points, the eighth time in his last 10 games he's scored 20 or more.

The Cavaliers were playing soon after suspending centre Andrew Bynum indefinitely for "conduct detrimental to the team" and banning him from all team-related activities. It's likely he has played his final game for Cleveland.

Dwight Howard had 24 points and 17 rebounds, and James Harden scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter in the Houston Rockets' 107-98 comeback victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

In Toronto, Kyle Lowry had a season-best 32 points and 11 assists, Terrence Ross made a career-high seven three-pointers as the Toronto Raptors beat New York Knicks for the second straight night, this time 115-100.

In Indianapolis, Paul George scored 24 points and Lance Stephenson added 23 to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 105-91 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

Elsewhere, Monta Ellis had 22 points and the Dallas Mavericks took control early in coasting to a 105-83 victory over the Chicago Bulls.