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Jeff Green struggled to hit shots and get calls all night for the Celtics, but that didn’t keep him from making the most important play of the game on Wednesday. Trailing 92-91 with 2.1 seconds remaining, Green took the inbounds pass from Avery Bradley, drove hard to the hoop, and scored as time expired to lift the Celtics over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 93-92.
The Celtics trailed by as many as 14 in the fourth quarter, but finished the game on a 21-6 run to steal the win. Paul Pierce and Green scored the last 11 points for the Celtics, and Pierce finished close to a triple-double, with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists.
Green finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists, but shot under 40 percent for the game. It was Brandon Bass who steadied the Celtics’ attack for most of the game. Bass scored 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting.
The Celtics opened up a 12 point lead in the second quarter, but a string of poor shooting and turnovers allowed Wayne Ellington and the Cavs take control of the game for much of the second half. Ellington had 16 points, while Marreese Speights and C.J. Miles each added 13 off the bench for the Cavaliers.
The Celtics end a five game losing streak and a five game road losing streak. Coincidentally, the Celtics last road victory was in Indiana on March 6th when Green also scored the game-winning bucket.
With the Bucks losing tonight, the Celtics are now a solid two and a half games up on the Bucks for the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Celtics host the Hawks back in Boston on Friday.