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The Boston Celtics faced the Milwaukee Bucks for the third time this season on Tuesday night, faced with the ignominious task of avoiding three losses to the team with the worst record (3-14) and point differential (-9.5) in the NBA. Which is really saying something, with the haggard state of the Eastern Conference and the 2013-14 Tankapalooza for the upcoming draft.
Thanks to a couple of SportsCenter Top Ten-worthy plays from Avery Bradley and Gerald Wallace, though, the Celtics managed to stave off further embarrassment at the hands of the Bucks, which had already piled up two of its three wins at the expense of the Celtics. Sure, Jordan Crawford scored 15 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter. Yes, Jared Sullinger hit a key 18-footer with less than a minute remaining to give the Celtics a five-point cushion en route to a 108-100 win. But the real highlights came from Bradley and Wallace.
Bradley’s circus shot in the first quarter was reminiscent of Larry Bird’s iconic behind-the-backboard shot, only — dare I say it? — better due to a higher degree of difficulty and because it actually counted on the scoreboard. (Hat tip to the Boston Globe’s Gary Dzen for the comparison.) Which do you think is better?
Wallace, meanwhile, returned from his cameo on The Walking Dead to fly down the lane in the second quarter for a tomahawk jam.
That dunk alone is almost worth the $10 million the Celtics are paying him this season. Almost.