NBA: Boston 101, Minnesota 97

Dec. 16, 2013 at 10:34 PM

BOSTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Jared Sullinger supplied 24 points with 11 rebounds and hit a key 3-pointer late in the game Monday, elevating the Boston Celtics over Minnesota 101-97.

Sullinger's trey with 2:22 remaining broke a 92-92 tie and put Boston ahead to stay.

Avery Bradley added 19 points and Jordan Crawford helped out with 15 as the Celtics won for the fifth time in seven games and held onto first place in the Atlantic Division despite a 12-14 mark.

Kevin Love had a double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds for the Timberwolves.

Nikola Pekovic put in 13 points and Dante Cunningham added 12 before exiting with an apparent ankle injury in the fourth quarter.

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