On a night without Kyrie Irving, the Boston Celtics still found a way to grind out a win.
As the rising Oklahoma City Thunder came to Massachusetts, a slow-scoring game evolved as a game of the NBA’s best defenses came together. Still, the Thunder were in the lead and looked to be on their way to their 44th win of the season.
But despite having a six-point lead with 24 seconds left, Oklahoma City choked an important game away late down the stretch.
It started with Jayson Tatum hitting a quick bucket with 17.6 seconds to go. Russell Westbrook was fouled, but missed one of his two free throws. That set the stage for Terry Rozier to hit a 3-pointer with 12.7 seconds left.
Then, astonishingly, Carmelo Anthony missed two straight free throws.
That’s when Marcus Morris stepped in:
Oof. You don’t expect Oklahoma City to come out flat like that against a depleted Celtics squad, and you certainly wouldn’t think they could clunk away the victory from the free-throw line.
It was a gutsy win for Boston and one of the worst losses of the season for the Thunder since the righted the ship around Christmas.