Jordan Crawford made a big play in the final minute of the game that gave Boston a glimmer of hope Wednesday night against Charlotte. Poor defensive execution at the other end of the court, however, stole that hope away.
With the Celtics trailing by five in the final minute, Crawford streaked down the court following a Gerald Henderson turnover and put home an acrobatic layup in transition. Crawford was also fouled by Kemba Walker on the play and converted on the free throw to make it a two-point game with 32.5 seconds left on the clock.
It took just 5.4 seconds for Crawford to turn Henderson’s turnover into points. It took even less time than that for Al Jefferson to turn a critical miss into a critical basket.
Kemba Walker dribbled into a pick-and-roll situation on the left wing. He wound up beating Avery Bradley off of the dribble, forcing Kelly Olynyk to pick him up as the speedy guard drove toward the basket with his right hand. Olynyk did a fantastic job of challenging Walker’s off-balanced layup attempt and forced a miss over the left side of the rim.
That was the good. The bad? Well, let’s just say the Celtics were out of position following Olynyk’s challenge.
With Olynyk trailing Walker on the drive, Bradley was forced to switch off to Olynyk’s man. That man just so happened to be Al Jefferson, the biggest body on the court.
Bradley actually got great position on Jefferson for the rebound attempt off of Walker’s miss. Jefferson’s height, however, won this battle, as he grabbed the board and dropped in an easy layup to put the Bobcats back on top by four with 17.7 seconds remaining in the game. Boston was unable to score from that point on and wound up falling 89-83.
Key Box Score Line
Jordan Crawford was the hero of Monday night’s win over the Magic. He wasn’t too shabby Wednesday night against the Bobcats, either.
Crawford put together another fantastic performance at TD Garden by dropping in 16 points, grabbing five rebounds and dishing out a game-high six assists against Charlotte. He finished with another sparkling assist-to-turnover ratio tonight, at 3-to-1, while also ripping two steals from the Bobcats.
Brad Stevens left Crawford on the floor for a game-high 35-plus minutes for a reason. He was making an incredible impact on the Celtics for the duration of that time and Boston hopes that trend continues on Friday.
Box Score Nuggets
- Both teams shot less than 38 percent from the field.
- Gerald Wallace, who shot 4-of-7 from the field, was the only Celtics player to hit more than half of his shots.
- Kelly Olynyk led the Celtics in rebounding with 11 boards.
- The Celtics never led in the game.
- Both teams had two reserves score in double-figures.
- Jordan Crawford's six assists were a game high.
- Boston outscored Charlotte 21-8 in fast break points.
- Wallace (eight rebounds) and Vitor Faverani (nine boards) combined to grab 17 rebounds off the bench.
- Al Jefferson recorded the only double-double of the night with his game highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds.
- Charlotte shot 26-of-30 from the free-throw line.
- Boston recorded just two blocked shots.
- The Celtics outscored the Bobcats by 10 points while Faverani was on the floor.
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