Celtics coach Brad Stevens is the king of after-timeout plays. He dialed up a good one with Boston and Utah tied and the shot clock off in the fourth quarter Wednesday.
The Celtics went small, forcing Jazz center Rudy Gobert – an excellent defender, but someone more comfortable inside than on the perimeter – to defend forward Semi Ojeleye. Ojeleye cut to the 3-point arc, and Gobert stayed in the paint to stifle a driving Shane Larkin. Larkin kicked to a wide open Ojeleye, and Utah’s defense scrambled. That left Jaylen Brown, a better 3-point shooter, open. Ojeleye passed to Brown, who hit the game-winner with 0.3 seconds left.
Boston’s 97-94 lead stood up as the final score when Donovan Mitchell missed on the other end.