Despite losing their prize offseason acquisition to injury in the season opener the Boston Celtics continue to win. On Monday night, for 40-plus minutes, Boston looked to be costing to their 26th victory of the season. Updated Odds to Win NBA Championship (Dec 19).
The Celtics did in fact register a “W” in their game against the Pacers last night leading by as many as 19-points at times in the event. However, with 30 seconds to go, it was Indiana that looked to be the victor against the team with the Eastern Conference’s best record.
According to the Celtics’ official website “Terry Rozier made a play that will undoubtedly appear on a Celtics’ season highlight reel. A Rozier steal and go-ahead layup with 1.5 seconds remaining in Monday night’s affair resulted in the Celtics earning a 112-111 win over the Pacers.”
As mentioned, Boston relinquished a 19-point lead to the Pacers late in the fourth quarter before a late rally that was spearheaded by Rozier’s steal and game-winner, giving the Celtics a 112-111 victory.
“As the Pacers were inbounding the ball with four seconds remaining, Rozier intercepted a Bjoan Bogdanovic pass intended for Victor Oladipo and broke free the other way for the game-winning layup.”
The Celtics (26-7) led by as many as 19 points, but the Pacers (17-14) showed their never-die attitude shrinking a 15-point halftime deficit to seven heading into the fourth quarter. The Celtics made 16-of-26 from three-point range and took early command of the game with 38 first-quarter points.
According ESPN, Stats & Information research, teams trailing by five or more in the final 30 seconds of games have a winning percentage of .002 over the past 20 NBA seasons.
The Celtics lost All-Star forward Gordon Hayward (ankle) in the season opener in Cleveland. While Hayward has shed his walking boot last week, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com reports, he is out for the 2017-18 season.
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