Are these Celtics for real?
Boston’s last-second 104-103 win in Cleveland on an Avery Bradley jump shot from the corner was easily the Celtics most dramatic win of the season. The improbable buzzer-beater gave the Celtics their eighth win in nine games.
The game appeared to be in Cleveland’s control when the Green trailed by five points with only 18 seconds left before Jae Crowder nailed a 3-pointer — his only basket of the game — and Evan Turner made a layup while being fouled by J.R. Smith with four seconds left in regulation.
“I knew it was there,” said Bradley before swishing the winner from in front of the Celtics bench. “It’s a great feeling. I lost the ball for a second and I didn’t even think I had enough time to get the shot off — but I did.”
Turner missed his free throw but that turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the ball went out of bounds off LeBron James, who led the Cavs with 30 points.
“In the big picture it does count as one [win], but it gives you a sense you’re improving and getting better,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the game. “For us it would have been disappointing to lose that lead and not come out with a win. They made huge plays late in the game, but our guys stayed poised. To score five points inside 8 seconds is a good deal.”