Evan Turner hit a last-second, game-winning three-pointer on a broken play to lift the Celtics to a 90-89 road victory over the Blazers on Thursday.
Just like Boston coach Brad Stevens drew it up, right? Not exactly, but Stevens and company will be thrilled with the result regardless.
With less than 10 seconds remaining and Portland leading 89-87, Avery Bradley inbounded the ball to Jared Sullinger from the right wing. Sullinger dribbled into traffic and lost control of the ball, falling to the court as three Blazers swarmed in the paint. Somehow, Sullinger managed to regain possession without the officials calling for a jump ball, and subsequently passed the ball from the floor to Turner, who was wide open in the right corner. Turner set his feet, let it fly and the game-winner swished through with one second left.
Damian Lillard was unable to get a shot off on the other end and Boston escaped with the one-point victory.
Turner finished with 10 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Bradley led Boston with a team-high 18 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Lillard led the Blazers, who were without LaMarcus Aldridge due to a torn left thumb ligament, by posting a game-high 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Wesley Matthews added 18 points and three rebounds.
Boston improved to 14-26. Portland dropped to 31-13.