Tim Hardaway, Jr. ruined it all. The Celtics, having just gone on top 102-101 with 22.4 seconds remaining, were ready to complete one of the most incredible comebacks in NBA preseason history.
Then the younger Hardaway did what his father used to do: make big shots.
Hardaway took a pass from fellow rookie C.J. Leslie with less than 10 seconds left and pulled up for a jumper along the left baseline. As soon as he let it go, there was no doubt that it was falling through the net.
Hardaway’s jumper splashed through the basket and silenced a pro-Celtics crowd in Providence, R.I.. Boston had trailed by as many as 23 points in the final frame but made a furious comeback, led by point guard Phil Pressey.
Pressey was set to be the hero, but then Hardaway, Jr. crashed the party. His shot propelled the Knicks to victory and left the Celtics wondering what could have been.
Key Box Score Line
No one was better than Phil Pressey on Wednesday night. Not even Tim Hardaway, Jr., who scored 16 points and nailed the game-winner.
Pressey was fantastic during the second half and spearheaded a dramatic comeback by the Celtics. He finished with 13 points, three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and zero turnovers. The rookie point guard tallied those numbers while playing a game-high 28 minutes.
You can read more about Pressey’s impressive night here.
Box Score Nuggets
- Phil Pressey went 4-for-5 from the field and led the Celtics in scoring with 13 points.
- Chris Babb hit four of his five 3-pointers en route to 12 points off of the bench.
- Boston outscored New York in the paint, 40 to 28.
- Eight Celtics dished out at least two assists, led by seven from Pressey.
- Jared Sullinger scored six points and grabbed a game-high six rebounds in just 16 minutes of play.
- Iman Shumpert was perfect from the field (7-7) and the free throw line (1-1) and led the game in scoring with 18 points.
- Boston scored 12 fast break points compared to New York's four.
- The Celtics assisted on 28 of their 40 field goals.
Quote of the Night
I just told the guys in the locker room that, 'That’s the way you’re supposed to play basketball regardless of the outcome at the end of that game.' That was fun to be a part of. Brad Stevens on his team's near-comebackMore quotes >>