Remember that one time when the Celtics won comfortably? No? Me neither. Regardless, a win that tests my blood pressure and my overall heart health is infinitely better than a loss that does the same.
Jason Terry, Jeff Green and Paul Pierce combined for 8-15 shooting from behind the 3-point line as the Celtics edged Atlanta in overtime, and three of those 3-pointers were monsters. Green bounced in a trey that gave Boston a one-point lead, Pierce drained a deep, contested three that did the same, and Terry put the Celtics up by 3 with what ended up being the game-winning shot in the extra period.
Josh Smith, playing against the team that was almost HIS team for the first time since the trade deadline, poured in 32 points including an end-of-the-shotclock 3-pointer late in the overtime period that reeked of an improbable dagger. But Jeff Green forced a turnover by stripping Smith which led to Terry’s go-ahead 3-pointer and Boston held on.
The win tied the Celtics with the Hawks in the win/loss column, but the Celtics moved to sixth overall as they hold a 2-1 lead in the season series. The Bulls stayed half a game ahead of Boston in fifth by knocking off Utah, and Brooklyn stayed a game and a half ahead in fourth by beating Washington.
We will have plenty more on this game tomorrow. Just make sure to check your heart rate before you go to bed tonight, and report any anomalies to your doctor, because this all starts up again Sunday afternoon against OKC.
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