With 2:33 remaining at the TD Garden last night, the Celtics trailed Indiana 92-89. Boston appeared destined to drop yet another close game, which would've been the C's fifth straight loss and seventh in their last eight outings. Also staring the Celtics in the face was the prospect of falling under .500 for the first time since November 11, when a home defeat (oddly enough at the hands of the Pacers) dropped them to 3-4.
After once leading 75-64 midway through the third quarter, the Celtics had scored only 14 points in nearly 15 minutes of action. The building was dead.
Marcus Smart: "Everybody was out there talking, 'We need this game. We can’t lose this game. Somebody’s got to make a play.'"— Jay King (@ByJayKing) January 14, 2016
And then somebody did.
A bad pass from Monta Ellis led to a Jae Crowder steal and dunk to bring Boston back within one:
After a bucket from Ellis and a missed three from Crowder, Amir Johnson's thievery again cut the deficit to one:
On the very next possession, it was Marcus Smart's turn:
Marcus Smart on his late steal and hoop: “They ran the same play kind of like three times in a row and I kind of just baited them into it.— Bill Doyle (@BillDoyle15) January 14, 2016
Suddenly down by one, Indiana called timeout with 1:31 to go. Just 30 seconds later, Crowder stole the ball again:
Hickory High is getting Hoosier'd right now.— Rich Levine (@rich_levine) January 14, 2016
Four steals for buckets in span of 95 seconds. Beginning with Crowder's first pick, the Celtics closed the game on a 14-2 run to win 103-94.
Before the steal parade started, the Celtics only had 11 points in the 4th quarter. Then they scored 14 in the final two-and-a-half minutes.— CelticsLife.com (@CelticsLife) January 14, 2016
#Celtics forward Jae Crowder on tonight's fantastic finish: "I’ve never been a part of anything like that.”— Scott Souza (@Scott_Souza) January 14, 2016
Isaiah Thomas said it felt like a video game. You just don't see this kind of thing happen in the NBA.
Could this be the spark that get's the C's back on track?
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