Sunday, March 16, 2014
Celtics nearly beat New Orleans in overtime, 121-120
The Celtics played one of their most hard fought battles this Sunday against the Pelicans. The Celtics and New Orleans played a back and forth game, with many lead changes, and swings, but in the end the Celtics couldn't hang on, they lost 121-120, in overtime. How the Celtics got their was the dramatic part, and how they lost the game was the confusing part. With the Celtics down 110-107, Jeff Green was fouled shooting a three-pointer. Green nailed all three, and the Pelicans would see the ball with about 5 seconds to go in the game.
Anthony Davis would nail a 15 foot jumper to give the Pelicans a 2 point lead with 1.4 seconds to go in the game. Davis had a career day against the Celtics. Anthony Davis scored a career high 40 points, and he also grabbed a career high 21 rebounds. On Boston's final play in regulation, Rajon Rondo found Kris Humphries in the corner for one of the toughest jumpers I've seen in awhile. Hump sent the C's into overtime, and Boston would have another chance in New Orleans.
The Celtics were down 119-114, before Jared Sullinger nailed a three, off a Rondo assist, to pull the Celtics within two points. The Celtics would get the ball down 121-117, and Jeff Green took the ball inside with 5.4 seconds to go, for an "AND1" to bring the Celtics within a point. Only the final, the Celtics missed a few chances to foul, and the Pelicans wasted the final 5.4 seconds escaping the Celtics attempts at a foul. After time expired Jeff Green was still on the court with his hands on his head. Because why didn't the Celtics foul?
Jeff Green had one of his heroic games, with 39 points, and clutch plays when the Celtics needed it most. Humphries was sound again with 16 points, and 12 rebounds. Rondo had another poor shooting night, with 3-of-14 from the field for 6 points. He did have 14 assists, off of 2 turnovers and 8 rebounds.
Boston will head off to Dallas for a St. Pat's showdown.