The game certainly wasn’t pretty, but the outcome was for Boston.
The Celtics gave up a 20-point second half lead to the Knicks Sunday, in a game that looked to have summed up all of Boston’s issues in the quarterfinal series. But unlike the first three games, the C’s held their ground, and beat New York in overtime, 97-90.
For the C’s, it’s the first positive sign of the series, and offers at least a sliver of hope that all is not lost. Not yet, anyways.
Boston scored 54 points in the first half before once again breaking down in the second half, where it scored just 30 points. It looked like overtime would be nothing more than five extra painful minutes of basketball before the season’s obituary would be written.
But Jason Terry, long considered a big-game player by pretty much everybody around the NBA, had other ideas. He scored the C’s final nine points in OT, including a transition 3-pointer to give Boston a lead it wouldn’t give back this time.
“He was great,” Doc Rivers said of Terry. “That’s what he does. He’s made so many big shots in his career … That transition three is something he works on all the time. And you knew once he got it what he was going to do.”
Despite Boston being on the brink of elimination, the C’s are taking it one game – and possession – at a time.
“We just have to play every possession, every defensive possession like it’s our last,” Jeff Green said. “We have nothing to lose. All the pressure is on them to win the game.”
Confidence has never been something the Celtics have lacked over the past six seasons, and it’s apparent that it’s still high despite their backs being against the wall for the remainder of the series.
"I already called my friends in New York [Saturday] telling them I'd be there for dinner," Pierce said.