Boston’s Brandon Bass (30) tries to drive against Minnesota’s Kevin Love in the first quarter Monday night in Boston.	AP PHOTOSun staff photos
Boston's Brandon Bass (30) tries to drive against Minnesota's Kevin Love in the first quarter Monday night in Boston. AP PHOTO

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BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens suggested to forward Jared Sullinger that he might want to keep an eye on Kevin Love and try to learn whatever he could from the Timberwolves big man.

For one quarter Monday night, Sullinger schooled the Minnesota all-star.

Sullinger had 15 points and six rebounds in the fourth, hitting a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 2:22 left and the Celtics held on to beat the Timberwolves, 101-97.

Sullinger, a second-year player who missed half of last season, had 24 points and 11 rebounds in all while adding a career-high five assists.

"He did take it up a notch at the end," Stevens said of Sullinger. "He's a scorer. He's always been a scorer. He's been a scorer as long as I've known him. It never surprises me when scorers make plays."

Avery Bradley scored 19 points for the Celtics, who won for the fifth time in seven games to hold onto first place in the Atlantic Division despite a 12-14 record that would be 12th-best in the Western Conference.

Love had 27 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, which has not won in Boston since 2005. But he was 2 for 11 from 3-point range as the Timberwolves went 8 of 29 from beyond the arc.