Green scores 31 points as Celtics rout Suns 113-88

Green scores 31 points as Celtics rout Suns 113-88

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PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Terrence Williams #55, Jeff Green #8 and Jason Terry #4 of the Boston Celtics celebrate after Terry hit a three point shot against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at US Airways Center on February 22, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Celtics defeated the Suns 113-88. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on February 22, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 22 at 10:00 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- Jeff Green scored 31 points in his first start of the season and the short-handed Boston Celtics routed the Phoenix Suns 113-88 on Friday night.

Chris Wilcox had 13 points off the bench, and Avery Bradley and Jason Terry scored 13 each for the Celtics, who moved two games ahead of Milwaukee for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

Green started in place of 36-year-old Kevin Garnett, given a rest with Boston playing its third game in four nights. Green responded by going 11 of 14 from the floor and setting his season high for points.

Paul Pierce scored only eight on 3-of-5 shooting for his fourth single-digit game of the season. But that mattered little to the Celtics, who were dominant from the opening tip in snapping a two-game skid.

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