How do you win an overtime battle in the playoffs? You have Jason Terry on your team.
Terry showed everyone who was watching Game 4 why he’s known as a clutch player in this league. He scored Boston’s final nine points of the game to lead the C’s to a 97-90 victory. That victory helped the Celtics avoid being swept in the series and forced a Game 5 in New York.
The first three points of Terry’s personal run were the most important of the game. He pulled up for a 3-pointer in transition that splashed through the net to give Boston a three-point lead with 1:32 remaining in overtime. That bucket not only put the C’s on top, but it also popped all of their fans out of their seats.
With the crowd on its feet, Terry went on to nail a baseline jumper, two free throws and a transition layup to seal the deal. Boy, does he love the playoffs.
Key Box Score Line
Paul Pierce came out of his shooting slump and he did it in a big way. Pierce led the Celtics in scoring with 29 points while hitting nine of his 20 shot attempts.
The points and the shooting percentage are great, but what was more important to Pierce’s game was his ability to succeed from beyond the 3-point arc. He entered Sunday’s game having hit just two of his 16 3-pointers in the series. On Sunday, he shot 4-of-8 from downtown.
Pierce also contributed to this game in other ways. He hauled in eight rebounds, which trailed only Kevin Garnett on the Celtics, and also tied for the game high in assists with six.
It’s not easy battling through foul trouble, turnovers and 50 minutes of playing time, but Pierce figured out how to do that on Sunday. As a result, he and the Celtics are heading to New York for Game 5.
Box Score Nuggets
- New York totaled just 10 assists in the game.
- Kevin Garnett led the game in rebounding with 17 boards and tied for the game high in assists with six.
- Carmelo Anthony needed 35 shot attempts to score his game-high 36 points.
- Jason Terry scored half of his 18 points in the final 92 seconds of the game.
- New York out-rebounded Boston by a count of 54-40.
- Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 29 points.
- Boston led by as many as 20 points, while New York's largest lead was just two points.
- The Knicks grabbed 16 offensive rebounds but only shot 2-for-12 on second-chance opportunities.
- Jeff Green contributed 26 points to the Celtics.
- Both teams committed 16 turnovers.
- There were 53 fouls called during the game's 53 minutes of play.
- The Celtics almost scored as many points in overtime (13) as they did in the entire third quarter (14).
- Anthony attempted 20 free throws, which was just four less than the entire Celtics team.
- Terry's 18 points were more than double the amount that New York's entire bench scored (seven).
- Jason Kidd played 36 minutes but did not score a single point.
Quote of the Night
That transition 3 is something he works on every time and you knew once he got it what he was going to do. Doc Rivers on Jason Terry's critical 3-pointer in overtimeMore quotes >>