The Celtics and Nuggets played a great game Sunday night, as the Celtics pulled it out 118-114 in triple overtime.
Denver trailed for the majority of regulation and hit some clutch shots at the end of the game to send it to overtime. The score stood 92-90 with five seconds left when Ty Lawson was able to tie the game up on a lay up.
The game went to overtime and Jeff Green helped keep the Celtics in it. With under 30 seconds left, Green hit a three-pointer to tie the game up, and it would eventually go to a second overtime. In the second overtime, it was Paul Pierce who was the savior for the Celtics. After missing a free throw earlier that hurt the team, he wanted the shot at redemption and got it. With five seconds left, Pierce launched up a contested three which went in to tie the game up at 107-107. Once triple overtime rolled around, Kevin Garnett was the man for Boston, scoring six points in the period. Jason Terry hit a huge three-pointer to help to make the score up 116-113 and the Celtics would eventually win by four.
Danilo Gallinari came alive in overtime, as he did his best to keep the game alive. He scored ten points in the three overtime periods and finished the night with eighteen altogether. Ty Lawson played an awesome game for the Nuggets, picking up 29 points, nine assists, and six rebounds. Kenneth Faried had another double-double, with fourteen points and twelve rebounds.
Andre Miller picked up forty minutes off the bench and finished the night with 15 points. He contributed six assists as well, to add onto his career total, which he ranks tenth all-time in. He had a tough time in the third overtime period though, as the final minute featured him turning the ball over and missing a potential game-tying shot. JaVale McGee only had 5 points, but helped out big time in the rebound department, leading the team with 16. Cory Brewer added 13 points of his own off of the bench.
On the Celtics side, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry were the guys who really helped the team out. Pierce played the biggest role out of the three, picking up a triple-double. Garnett scooped up 20 points and 18 boards, and Terry contributed big time with 26 points. In the shadows of those three, was Jeff Green, who picked up a quiet 17 points, which included his clutch three-pointer in the first overtime session.
The game was fun to watch, and the winning streak had to come to an end at some point, as the Nuggets were unable to win their tenth game in a row. They stand at the record of 33-19 now and will travel to Toronto to take on the struggling Raptors, Tuesday night, at 7 P.M.