It was a wild one at the TD Garden on Tuesday night, as the Boston Celtics pulled out a 100-99 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder following a Marcus Morris three-pointer with 1.2 seconds left in the game.
Morris and Terry Rozier III each got the start for the Celtics in place of Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown. And prior to tip, it was announced that both Irving and Brown will more than likely miss at least the start of the C’s upcoming four-game West Coast trip.
The Thunder rolled into the Garden riding a six-game winning streak, with a shorthanded Celtics holding down a 6-4 record over their last 10 games.
After a first quarter filled with tough shot selections and ball control issues for the Celtics, the Thunder were able to pull away late in the quarter to take a 26-18 lead into the second.
Early in the second the C’s snagged three offensive rebounds in a row. It was kind of like that drill you do in practice, you know? But the Celtics continued to put in work on the boards, finishing the quarter with nine offensive rebounds.
The Celtics regained lead for the first time since the start of the game, after a 17-6 run gave them a five-point lead with just under four minutes to go in the second.
But Russell Westbrook and the Thunder responded with a 16-4 run to close out the first-half with a 48-45 lead.
Jayson Tatum’s highlight reel gets more and more RIDICULOUS by the game!
After not scoring a single point in the first half, Al Horford came out and dropped a quick five in the first three minutes of the third. And he later finish the game with the same five points to go along with six rebounds and seven assists.
Scoring draughts for both teams plagued periods of the third quarter. But it was Shane Larkin who ended up stealing the show at the end of the quarter with this buzzer-beating three, bringing the C’s within two, at 75-73.
Both teams looked to lock things down on the defensive end in the fourth, but both came up short, except for a good three-minute stretch in the middle of the quarter, where neither team scored a single point.
With 24.7 seconds remaining in the game, the Celtics trailed by six points after a pair of made free throws by Westbrook.
But the thing is, in basketball you know, 24.7 seconds is a lifetime!
Here’s how it went down in the final stretch of the game:
Tatum knocks down a bucket. Westbrook heads back to the line, and only knocks down the second of his two free throws.
And then this is when it gets interesting.
Rozier knocks down a huge three, bringing the Celtics within two with 12.7 seconds to play.
Then, Carmelo Anthony, who knocked down some big threes down the stretch, couldn’t hit the biggest ones from the foul line with 8.4 left on the clock.
So Anthony goes onto to miss both freebies, the Celtics get the rebound and immediately call a timeout to advance the ball up court.
Stevens then goes onto draw up another solid inbounds play that sets up a game-winning Morris three-pointer, to give the C’s a 100-99 win over the Thunder.
Here’s another angle of Morris’ game-winner just because it was so damn good.
K.G gives Miss Cleo a run for her money!
Tatum led all C’s scorers with a 23-point, 11-rebound double-double, on 8-of-12 shooting from the field.
Morris finished with 21 points (3-6 3PT) and four boards. And Rozier had 14 points on 33 percent shooting, to go with six rebounds and six assists.
Larkin provided a much-needed spark off the bench, with 13 points (5-9 FG) and Monroe continued to put in work on both ends of the floor, finishing with 17 points and six rebounds.
The Celtics finished the game shooting 36.1 percent from the field, after starting the game shooting 33 percent. And they shot an impressive 93.8 percent from the free throw line (15-of-16), while out-rebounding the Thunder, 52-44.
Westbrook led all Thunder scorers with 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Paul George also posted a double-double, with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
Listen to the final call of the game with Grande and Max:
UP NEXT: The Celtics (47-23) will start a four-game West Coast trip on Friday night against Damian Lillard and the smoking-hot Trail Blazers (44-26). The Trail Blazers are 22-5 since January 16 and they’re riding a 13-game winning streak [at the moment], with a primetime matchup against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. Catch the call of Friday’s game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell, live on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pre-game coverage begins at 9:30 p.m., with tip-off set for 10:00 p.m.
— By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com
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