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December 17, 2013

Sullinger delivers in Celtics' victory

Love outplayed down the stretch

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Stevens said he’d like to see Sullinger do that more.

“Kevin is considered an elite NBA player, and Jared is a rising NBA player. You look up to those guys, you study them and you figure out what they do to make themselves elite,” Stevens said. “If there’s a person in basketball that you can identify with, those are good guys to learn from.”

Boston led 95-94 when Sullinger grabbed the rebound of J.J. Barea’s miss and made free throws with 18 seconds left to make it a three-point game. Nikola Pekovic missed a dunk, then Sullinger grabbed another rebound and made one of two free throws with 14 seconds left to help ice it.

After Love missed a 3-pointer, Sullinger grabbed another rebound.

Bradley had 10 points in the first quarter to help the Celtics open an eight-point lead. Love had six points and five rebounds for Minnesota after one, but it was Luc Mbah a Moute who led the Timberwolves in the second quarter, scoring seven points with four rebounds to help them open a one-point lead before Sullinger’s free throws just before the half gave Boston a 51-50 edge.

Pekovic scored the first seven points of the second half — all but a free throw in the lane — to help the Wolves take a 57-51 lead. But Boston went on a 17-4 run to turn the six-point deficit into a seven-point lead.

NOTES: Berea had 10 points and 11 assists for Minnesota. ... Minnesota forward Dante Cunningham needed to be helped from the court after he was fouled by Sullinger with just under four minutes remaining in the game. ... Minnesota beat Boston 106-88 in their only other meeting this season, on Nov. 16. ... The Timberwolves played their third game in four nights. ... First-round Boston draft pick Kelly Olynyk had nine points in 14 minutes in his second game back after missing 10 with a sprained right ankle.

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