The Boston Celtics went into a timeout late Wednesday night trailing the Indiana Pacers by one point. They came out of that timeout trailing by four.
Strange, but true.
Rajon Rondo banked in a big 3-pointer for the Celtics as their shot clock expired with 4:37 remaining in the fourth quarter. The teams played nearly two minutes of basketball under the pretense that the shot would count. The three points were up on the scoreboard as Boston and Indiana went back and forth down the stretch.
With those points still on the board, Pacers head coach Frank Vogel called for a timeout with 2:38 remaining and his team leading 94-93. The game’s group of referees used that timeout to huddle up around a monitor and review Rondo’s trey. Video evidence proved that the ball had not left the point guard’s hand until after the shot clock had expired.
That determination resulted in three points coming off the board for Boston. When Jared Sullinger hit two free throws following Indiana's timeout, the C’s still trailed by two rather than leading by one.
Yes, there were still two and a half minutes left to play in a close game, but that call took a lot of wind out of Boston’s sails. Indiana incrementally added to its lead and went on to grab a 102-97 win.
Key Box Score Line
The Boston Celtics nearly took down the NBA’s top team Saturday night, and Kris Humphries was a big reason why. Humphries, who started his fourth consecutive game, put up a double-double consisting of 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Boston’s starting center did the majority of his work during an impressive third-quarter outing. Humphries scored 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting during that frame, highlighted by a buzzer-beating dunk as time expired. He scored seven of the Celtics’ final nine points in the third.
The 10 missed shots that Humphries pulled in stood as a game high. He is the only player in the game who notched a double-digit total in the rebound department.
Box Score Nuggets
- Each team's starting small forward scored at least 25 points.
- Jeff Green scored a game-high 27 points.
- Boston outrebounded Indiana, the league's third-best rebounding team, by a count of 41-38.
- The Celtics scored just 19 points in the fourth quarter.
- There were 10 lead changes and 11 ties in the game.
- The Celtics had six players score in double-figures, including all five starters.
- The teams combined for only 21 turnovers.
- Rajon Rondo dished out a game-high 11 assists, which was just eight fewer than Indiana's overall total.
- Paul George grabbed one more steal (three) than Boston's entire team (two).
- Rondo shot 3-of-6 from 3-point range.
- Indiana scored at least 26 points in three of the four quarters.
- George led the Pacers in scoring with 25 points.
Quote of the Night
I think he was rusty, but he did a lot of good things. (Indiana's) not an easy team to score inside the paint on. Brad Stevens on Jared Sullinger's first game back after missing three contests with a concussionMore quotes >>