Jeff Green nailed a three-pointer in the deep corner over the outstretched hands of LeBron James with 0.6 seconds left in the game for the surprising Boston Celtics victory over the Miami Heat 111-110.
The very fact that the lowly Celtics team even reached 111 points is one indication why the Heat lost this game but the bizarre ending of the game gave the visiting team a chance to be the first team to beat the defending champs at the AmericanAirlines Arena. A chance with less than one second left was all Green needed to hit the miracle shot.
The Heat struggled all night to contain the Celtics guards and were unable to sustain a sizable lead in the second half, allowing 31 points in the fourth quarter (in addition to 35 points in the second quarter).
LeBron James was close to a triple-double with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists and hit four field goals and made three free throws when he checked back into the game with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter. Chris Bosh came through with 20 points and 7 rebounds and while Dwyane Wade had a nice game with 18 points, 7 assists and only one turnover, he could have iced the game but instead missed both free throws that led to Green's 3-pointer. His last miss was intentional but he failed to even hit the rim, which stopped the game clock and gave the Celtics possession.
Wade will deservedly get the lion's share of the blame but the team defense, especially in transition, gave away plenty of easy baskets to the Celtics the entire game.
Check back tomorrow morning for a full game recap.