Green hits buzzer-beater to defeat Cavaliers, 93-92

Green hits buzzer-beater to defeat Cavaliers, 93-92
March 27, 2013, 10:00 pm
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Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) shoots the game-winning basket around Cleveland Cavaliers' Shaun Livingston (14) and Wayne Ellington (21) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in Cleveland. Boston won 93-92.

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — If you're going to go down, you might as well make it interesting, right?

For the umpteenth time this season, the Boston Celtics played well in spurts and woeful in others.

But the Celtics would not be denied this time as Jeff Green scored on a driving lay-up with no time remaining as the C's escaped with a 93-92 win.

The ending was in stark contrast to a game that for far too long played out like so many of the C's recent losses.

In the span of about 90 seconds in the third quarter, Boston called a pair of time-outs.

Out of those time-outs, the C's turned the ball over both times.

Boston had plenty of opportunities in the fourth quarter to make the Cavs squirm a bit. But if it wasn't Avery Bradley missing an open jumper, it was Paul Pierce failing to connect on a pull-up in the lane.

However, the Celtics got a pair of free throws from Pierce and a three-point play from Green that cut Cleveland's lead to 90-89 with less than two minutes to play.

From there, the comeback was on as the C's snapped a five-game losing streak while extending Cleveland's losing ways to six in a row.

After a series of missed opportunities by both teams, C.J. Miles was fouled around the basket by Pierce with 39 seconds to play.

Miles made both free throws to put the Cavs ahead by three.

The C's seemed to have finally had their chance to put some pressure on Cleveland to execute when Pierce was fouled with 2:16 to play and the Celtic trailed 90-84 at the time.

For so much of the night, this was not all that different than many of Boston's recent losses, a game filled with miscue after miscue that were of the self-inflicted variety.

There were a number of moments when the game's momentum titled a bit, but none stick out more than the second quarter after the C's took a 36-26 lead.

Boston was seemingly on the verge of digging the Cavs an even bigger ditch when a full court pass by Paul Pierce sailed into the mitts of Wayne Ellington.

Moments later, the C's lead was down to eight points.

And then six.

And then four ... then two.

Just when it seemed that the C's were seemingly one or two possessions away from pulling away, instead they found themselves in fight that Cleveland was more than ready for.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers talked before the game about how Byron Scott-coached teams play hard.

Lately, the same can not be said about the Celtics who play hard in stretches but seldom long enough to take control of games.

After five lead changes in the first two minutes of the third, the Cavs ran off 13 straight to take control.

Boston cut Cleveland's double-digit lead to as little as five points in the third before the Cavs held on for a 73-67 lead after three quarters.