CLEVELAND — Boston escaped Cleveland with a thrilling 93-92 win on Wednesday night in a game that was ultimately one sequence in the final 2.1 seconds.
Here's how it went down:
- Celtics' Avery Bradley in-bounds the ball to Jeff Green.
- Boston's Jason Terry curls off his defender (Cleveland's Wayne Ellington) to set a screen on Green's man (Luke Walton).
- Green now has enough separation to drive into the lane.
- Ellington is late rotating over to Green, as well as Cavs guard Shaun Livingston who was also near the play.
- Celtics' Paul Pierce and Jordan Crawford were both decoys in this play with their men not really factoring into the action.
- After Green's shot went down, officials Bill Kennedy, Brian Forte and J.T. Orr reviewed the play to see if Green got it off in time.
- After a couple minutes of review, the call on the floor stood -- field goal good, Celtics win by one.
Here's how Doc Rivers described what he actually drew up during the stoppage of play just before the went on to the floor for the game-winning play.
"Well, first of all, we were fortunate it was a deflection and that the refs had to review it because that gave us a timeout," Rivers said. "That was huge for us. It was just a misdirection. We wanted to make it look like the action was for Paul and then for Jet [Terry] and the whole time it was really for Jeff to pop off of Jet's screen. And Jet set a great screen. I thought Jeff had the jump-shot. When he kept going, I was concerned, but he finished. It was a good play for us."