Down 89-82 belatedly in the 4th quarter to the Dallas Mavericks, the Celtics’ winning streak appeared all but over. However, Boston overcame this deficit every bit they have fabricated a habit of doing.
With the Boston Celtics riding a 16-game winning streak, you lot could non arraign someone for assuming the team has skated to piece of cake victories over the last month.
Only, this perception of the team’s remarkable surge could not be farther from the truth.
Despite the Celtics having non lost a single game since Oct xviii, the team has been forced to overcome considerable obstacles as of belatedly. The Celtics have shoved off double-digit deficits in each of the three games, coming from backside to knock off the Gilded State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks.
Over the 2d and tertiary quarters combined on Monday night, the Mavericks outscored the Celtics 55-35 while taking an eight-point advantage into the fourth quarter. Following a layup by Mavericks forward Dwight Powell with 7:47 remaining, the gap had grown to 87-74.
The Celtics were unfazed, withal. After an and-one tip-in by Marcus Morris and sequent buckets past Jayson Tatum, the second coming off a nifty aisle-oop pass from Marcus Smart, Boston had whittled the deficit down to 89-86.
Dallas pushed their advantage up to 91-86 with under 90 seconds remaining, but Smart stepped upwardly and canned a rare three-pointer off the dribble, preceding a Tatum alley-oop layup that tied the score at 96 and sent the game to overtime.
Confronting Atlanta, the game menses went similarly for the Celtics. The squad played bromidic basketball in the first quarter equally they were outscored, 35-20. They methodically sliced at the Hawks lead in the second quarter, belongings Atlanta scoreless for the final three minutes of the first half while cutting the gap to 50-44.
Boston so exploded for 66 points in the second half, putting the Hawks away with a 20-13 run in the last six minutes of regulation time to eke out a 110-99 win.
In their nigh recent home game, a 92-88 silencing of the defending champion Warriors, the Celtics squared upwardly a 17-indicate deficit and defeated it with some deadly defence force. After existence outscored, 28-18, in the get-go quarter, Boston yielded just lx points to Gold State in the final three quarters, an unheard of accomplishment considering the Warriors put up 47 points in the third quarter alone against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.
Kyrie Irving scored 11 points in the 4th quarter in this victory, enhancing his speedily developing reputation equally Boston’south new Mr. Clutch. Over the by three games, Irving has outscored opponents in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime by himself, 36-34. In clutch time, which NBA.com considers to exist the last five minutes of a game, Irving leads the league with v.nine points per game. This marker is a full point above the holder of 2nd place in this category, the Estrus’s Dion Waiters.
Irving is shooting 61.5 pct from the field in clutch situations with a plus-minus rating of 3.6. For fans that play fantasy basketball game, Irving is putting up an boilerplate of 8.seven fantasy points in the last five minutes of ballgames, 2nd only to the Bulls’south Jerian Grant (Jerian Grant?!).
The pressure level of performing in crisis time does not seem to affect Irving in whatever style. After scoring 47 points to defeat the Mavericks, he told the Associated Printing, “I don’t actually see information technology as a force per unit area situation. Information technology’south just like existence in a park 7-7 and game is eight.”
If Irving continues to thrive under the spotlight, the Celtics should have no doubt most their ability to go along battling dorsum from late-game deficits.