Why It Was SO Good
Tuesday night the Celtics beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-99. OKC pretty much had the win in the bag, but they let it slip away in the last 25 seconds & it all came down to Marcus Morris hitting a game winning 3. It has been more than FOUR YEARS since anyone came back like the Celtics did last night. According to ESPN, teams losing by 6 seconds or more with only 25 seconds to go have lost the last 4,315 games in this situation. Basically, the Celtics had the ultimate comeback. My good friend Nick (shout out-happy birthday!) was there and he said that he hadn’t heard the Garden get that loud and have that much energy since the Celtics played the Warriors 2 years ago.
OKC outscored the Celtics in the first quarter 26 to 18, putting OKC in an early lead. In the second quarter, the Celtics came back with 27 points to OKC’s 22. At the half, the score was a competitive 48 to 45 with OKC in the lead. The C’s scored 28 in the 3rd against OKC’s 27. The Celtics came out on top with 27 more points to outscore OKC’s 24 by the end of the half. FInal score: 100 to 99.
For OKC, guard Russell Westbrook played 37 minutes with 27 points, 7 assists, and 8 rebounds. Forward Paul George played 39 minutes to score 24 points, 1 assist, and 13 rebounds. Carmello Anthony, Steven Adams, and Corey Brewer scored in the low double digits, Jerami Grant scored 6, and both Raymond Felton and Patrick Patterson had 2. Tarrance Ferguson, Alex Abrines, and Josh Huestis touched the court but didn’t contributed much. Carmello Anthony missed 2 free throws that could have changed the fate of OKC.
Like always, the Celtics pulled more of a team effort, even without Kyrie Irving on the court. Jayson Tatum played 35 minutes and pulled 23 points, 4 assists, and 11 rebounds. The star of the show, Marcus Morris, played 30 minutes and gave the C’s 21 points and 4 rebounds, and he also hit the 3-pointer that won the game. Greg Monroe scored double digits with 17 points, followed by Terry Rozier with 14 and Shane Larkin with 13. Al Horford had 5, Abdel Nader had 3, and Semi Ojeleye and Aaron Baynes both had 2.
The Celtics play the Western Conference 3rd seed, the Trail Blazers at 10PM on Friday, March 23.
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