Kelly Olynyk missed the game-tying three with under 0.5 seconds left in the game, Jeff Green tipped the pass out of the hands of John Wall to Evan Turner, who performing an extremely poor-man's version of Ray Allen's game-tying three in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals, sending the game to it's first overtime.
The Washington Wizards still managed to pull out the 133-132 2OT victory over the Boston Celtics. Brandon Bass missed a lay up in transition, after a Paul Pierce three tied the game, in the first OT. John Wall's transition layup gave the Wizards the win in the second overtime, after an Evan Turner 20-footer clanged off the back of the rim.
Green continued his scoring streak (December: 25.8 points, 49.4% from the field, 45.8% from three, 7.2 FTA per game - up from 3.9 in November) dropping 12 points in the first quarter, giving Pierce all types of problems. Green did go cold in the middle quarters as the Wizards built a 23-point lead late into the third quarter.
It was only through a combination of Marcus Smart, Marcus Thornton, and Brandon Bass, that the Celtics were able to get back into the game. A Olynyk free throw and an Evan Turner three put Boston took the lead with 3:43 left in the game, leading to a back and forth affair that brought the game into overtime.
|Jeff Green (Celtics)||28||8-18||1-4||11-11||2||1||1||2||0||0||4||39|
|Klay Thompson (Warriors)||21||7-15||3-6||4-4||1||0||1||3||0||0||1||30|
|Kelly Olynyk (Celtics)||19||6-12||1-3||6-6||11||7||4||3||4||1||1||41|
|Terrence Ross (Raptors)||16||7-15||1-8||1-2||4||0||4||0||1||0||0||40|
|Zach LaVine (Timberwolves)||9||4-16||0-2||1-2||4||1||3||8||3||0||6||41|
|Jamal Crawford (Clippers)||9||3-10||3-4||0-0||0||0||0||3||0||0||2||19|
|Rodney Stuckey (Pacers)||7||3-9||1-4||0-0||2||0||2||1||1||0||1||23|
|Avery Bradley (Celtics)||6||2-5||2-3||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||26|
|Reggie Evans (Kings)||6||2-4||0-0||2-4||13||0||13||1||1||0||0||34|
|Spencer Hawes (Clippers)||4||2-4||0-1||0-0||4||1||3||3||1||0||0||16|
|Joe Harris (Cavaliers)||3||1-2||1-2||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6|
|Justin Holliday (Warriors)||3||1-2||1-1||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||6|
|Nate Robinson (Nuggets)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||DNP|
|Martell Webster (Wizards)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||DNP|
|Isaiah Thomas (Suns)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||DNP|
|Rony Turiaf (Timberwolves)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||DNP|
|C.J. Wilcox (Clippers)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||DNP|
In Toronto Terrence Ross scored 16 points, helping the Raptors pull out a 112-107 OT victory against the Denver Nuggets. Ross almost was a victim of circumstance as Arron Afflalo's step back jumper over him gave Denver the 102-99 lead with 0.39 seconds left in the game, but Patrick Patterson bailed Toronto out.
On the next play, Kyle Lowry, driving baseline, found a wide open Patrick Patterson for a game-tying three. After Lowry missed a 27-foot three, the game went into overtime. Ross's only made three out of eight attempts was one of four buckets for the East-leading Raptors. Toronto forced Denver into 2-10 shooting and three turnovers in overtime to seal the win.
Oh and of course we save maybe, the best for last.
Unfortunately, it didn't directly involve any of our 206 guys. With 9:12 left and the Clippers hanging onto a fourth quarter lead, Jamal Crawford got tangled with Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe at midcourt and was called for a loose ball foul. After a small exchange with referee Mark Lindsay, Crawford got a technical and his first career ejection. One of the worst ejections I've seen since Tim Duncan was ejected for laughing.
The real fireworks came at the end of the regulation and overtime. With the game tied at 112, Chris Paul drove to the rim and was flat out denied by his former protege, Bledsoe. Blake Griffin hit a step-back 3-pointer (you read that right), that Kobe Bryant would be envious of. It hit the front rim, bounced up the back board, and dropped in. At the buzzer. It was a sight to see, capping a short, but exciting night of basketball.