Terry Rozier was the hero as the Boston Celtics secured a last-second 112-111 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday.
The Celtics had been leading the contest by 19 points, but squandered the advantage and looked on course for a fourth defeat in seven games heading into the final play of the game. However, guard Rozier was able to steal possession with seconds left on the clock before he produced a game-winning dunk to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat for Brad Stevens’ team. The 23-year-old was seemingly to coolest man on the court as he stole possession, revealing afterwards that he always believed he had the time to score the game-winning points.
“As soon as I stole the ball, I took a look at the clock and saw there were four seconds, and I knew I had time,” Rozier said. Kyrie Irving also played an integral role in Boston’s success, top scoring with 30 points, and he believes the victory shows just how important it is to keep going until the end. “It comes down to that final buzzer and you don’t stop playing until it goes off,” Irving revealed.
The last-ditch victory has helped preserve Boston’s position at the top of the Eastern Conference standings and they are priced at 10.00 to go all the way and claim NBA Championship glory at the end of the season.