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Recap: THAT just happened

KWAPT November 9, 2013 Celtics News, Gametime, Recaps 17 Comments

Despite a sore back, Lebron James did play for the Heat tonight in Miami. The Celtics came out strong in the first, and despite a 10-0 run by Miami at one point, Boston was only down 6, 31-25 after 1. Jordan Crawford kept the C’s close by putting in 8 points including two buckets from downtown.

The 2nd quarter was a thing of beauty. The Celtics dropped 35 points on the Heat and had a very balanced attack. With the exception of Kelly Olynyk, all 10 Celtics that took the floor in quarter #2 scored. Phil Pressey played the entire quarter and made the most of it-the rookie PG was very effective, especially in transition, and scored 5 points to go with an assist and 2 rebounds. The C’s notched 7 fastbreak points in the quarter as well. Michael Beasley made an appearance off the Heat bench and actually got the Miami crowd into it. He scored 10 points in 8 minutes and was the key to the C’s not expanding their lead. The Celtics went into halftime up 60-59 in Miami. Impressive.

Boston kept up the intensity in the 3rd, but got a little too comfy with the jumpers and three’s. The Celtics did not get to the rack and it showed. Boston had 0 free-throw attempts in the quarter, and shot a weak 9 of 26 from the floor. Despite outrebounding Miami 15-11, Boston was simply not aggressive enough offensively and shots did not fall. Miami was not much better, and barely won the quarter 23-20. The Celtics were still very much alive however, and headed into the final quarter down 82-80. Fans of the tank were starting to sweat…

In the fourth, Lebron James decided he was going to take over. James started to turn it up, getting to the hoop at will, and Miami took a 101-95 lead with 4:58 left. But the Celtics would not stop fighting. Avery Bradley was a beast in the 4th quarter. He virtually matched Lebron shot for shot, and hit big bucket after big bucket. He drilled an 18′ step back jumper with 0:38 left in the game, and Boston was within two points- 108-106. Bradley had 9 points in the quarter and was a perfect 4 of 4 from the floor and 1 of 1 downtown. The C’s kept it close, but Kelly Olynyk missed a shot and a chance to tie with 6 seconds left. All that was left were some Heat free-throws and Boston would lose. Or would they? Here is where it gets surreal..Lebron James nails two foul shots, C’s call timeout, get a quick Wallace layup, and it’s 110-108 Heat with 0:01 left. The C’s foul Wade, who misses both free throws, (the second one allegedly on purpose) and gets called for a violation. Boston now has one last chance to tie or win. With 6 tenths of a second left, Gerald Wallace tosses a perfect inbounds pass into Jeff Green, who buries the game-winning three. The crowd was stunned, the Heat were stunned and Boston gets a 111-110 win over Lebron, Wade & company in Miami tonight. Gutsy road win on the tail end of a back-to-back for this young squad. Celtics have now won 3 straight.

The Good:

  • Brad Stevens drew-up a beauty of a play on that game winner, and the Celtics did a hell of a job executing. Stevens has now guided the C’s to three straight wins.
  • Jeff Green was the aggressive Jeff that we love tonight, and he was effective in the 4th. Green nailed the game winning trey to cap a 24 point night.10 of his 24 came in the 4th.
  • Avery Bradley took over the game late in the 4th and brought the energy Boston needed to counter Lebron & the crowd. Bradley went back & forth with James in the final quarter, scoring 9 of his 17 points.
  • Jordan Crawford was out of control at times, but what else is new? Steez put in 15 pts to go with 4 asts  & 2 steals.
  • Big kudos to the Celtics bench. They had 42 points on the night,  30 of them in the 2nd half. Humphries, Pressey, Sully, Lee & Wallace all played well.

The Gross:

  • We just beat Miami, in Miami, on the second night of a BTB, on a buzzer beating three. I’ve got no complaints.

The Greenlights:

Jeff Green dunks on Battier

Crawford’s fancy moves:

The Grid: (quick stats)

  • Celtics had 54 points in the paint to Miami’s 48
  • Boston had 13 second chance points

Boxscore

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  • Mai Gaiaesque

    wallace great pass and greeen did it !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thatguy

    Wow… Just wow… Amazing. Lets go C’s!

  • Lee in Oregon

    Damn this is a fun team to watch. Nothing like beating the world champs when the rest of the world thinks the Cs are tanking. . I’m re-watching the game as I type this…..Brad Stevens is impressing me more every game. I can’t wait to get Rondo back- he’d have made the difference in a couple of those earlier losses. This is Jeff Green’s year….if he keeps it up he’ll be an all-star,

    On a different note….I really like PJ doing color. Can’t imagine him sticking around too long though- he’ll be coaching again I’m sure.

  • Mannie

    Remember when it was preseason and all the skeptics(A lot of Cs fans) were doubting green?
    This team is now starting to play together as they buy into the new system. Also, I have no respect for people who root for their team to lose, regardless the circumstances. Cant wait for Rondo!

    • Tommy_Heinsohn

      Still a lot of games left to be played. The game winner was nice, no doubt, but JG has to play this way consistently.

  • Rich Jensen

    Crawford is a non-stop heart attack running point, but it seems to be working for now…

  • eddysamson

    That fail by Wade was straight up karma. Dude has definitely built up some bad karma not only in the league, but against the C’s. Like the opener last season when he clothes-lined Rondo then called Rondo dirty for doing the same thing!!

    • Sarah

      Srsly. His fail is the only reason we even had a SHOT at winning. Thanks D-Bag! (I mean.. D-Wade…)

  • Chief_00

    While I understand the whole “creative losing” for a high draft pick, it’s good to see Coach Stevens get a few wins with his system, it bodes well for the future.
    Especially against the Heat that was even more special.
    Also I am as curious as hell on how Rondo’s impact will be when he gets back. Maybe Danny does know what his doing…….?

  • Mike C

    What a GREAT three from Green! “EAT THAT” Ray Allen you traitor! I LOVE IT!!!!

  • adam

    We’re going streaking through the quad and into the gymnasium!

  • Mike C

    We might have few highlights like tonight’s game this season, so I have to “Post” again. “Yes Lebron…, Jeff Green did just hit the game winning three right IN YOUR FACE!!!!

  • GreenbirdCro

    Wooohoooooohoooooo!
    Woot woot
    lmfao
    ok, we had our three cherries (Ws)
    now I’m ready ‘just’ for the cake (great games no Ws) in this coming awful sequence of BTBs
    So glad for the guys! :)
    They deserve this!

  • swissflix

    just love watching this team. i do not care how many games they win. guess they are a point guard away from being really good again ;)

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  • bill_nair

    Green is clutch from the corner. I saw a stat today where green has the highest percentage on go ahead buckets with 5 seconds left dating back to 2008. He only has taken 11 attempts but hes hit 7 of em. Last year he hit a bunch of big shots especially from the corner 3. His passive nature seems to make him better in clutch moments. He doesn’t get to high or low. Guess its a bad and good thing.

  • MM

    Phil Pressey had 2 unsung impressive drives to the baskets. One of them he caught the Heat sleeping in transition D, took it strong and finished layup. The other he drove into the heart of the D and found daylight. AB also had 2 beautiful baskets in transition (LeBron didn’t fully try to block and the other AB took a hard dribble with his right to throw off Battier {i think} then floated it in). Game of opportunities…have to recognize those flashes that open up or create them yourself. A great game to watch as they executed and managed the game better than the Heat. Encouraging to see the young blood do that. Don’t breed a losing culture…keep up the fight.