Avery Bradley's spectacular block helps Celtics set unusual team record

The Celtics blocked 13 shots in their 100-95 victory over the Jazz Monday night.  Oddly enough, Utah had just four blocks and didn't get a single one from Rudy Gobert, who ranks second in the league with 2.5 per game.  Boston hadn't rejected that many shots in a game in more than six years, since December 12, 2009.

With the Celtics clinging to a one-point lead in the final seconds, the 6'2" Avery Bradley made the play of the night by swatting the 6'8" Gordon Hayward:

After the game, Danny Ainge tweeted some very high praise for his starting shooting guard:

Via ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg, here's what Bradley had to say about the play:

I love to take that challenge, to be able to get a stop for our team, because I want to win the game that bad. I'll guard anybody for my team.

I was just trying to play great defense. I knew they were going to go to [Hayward]. I just wanted to make it hard on him and not foul him. That's what I did and I was able to get the block, read the play.

And from Hayward:

Bradley's last-minute heroics made him the ninth Celtic of the evening to reject a shot.  The only Boston player who entered the game and failed to record at least one block was 5'9" Isaiah Thomas.

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