Boston buzzer-beater is a stunner to Cavaliers
CLEVELAND – Avery Bradley's buzzer-beating jumper gave the Boston Celtics a stunning 104-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
Boston, which won for the eighth time in nine games, trailed by five with 18 seconds left before Celtics forward Jae Crowder made at three-pointer and Evan Turner scored on a layup while being fouled by J.R. Smith with 4 seconds to go. Turner missed his free throw but the ball went out of bounds off Cleveland's LeBron James.
Boston coach Brad Steven drew up an inbounds play during a video review and Bradley made the shot.
James led the Cavs with 30 points.
The Cavaliers lost Kevin Love in the third quarter with a bruised left thigh. A limping Love had to be helped to the locker room and did not return.
Love isn't having any luck when he runs into the Celtics. He suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against them last season in the first round of the playoffs — courtesy of Celtics center Kelly Olynyk.
•PARTY NIGHT FOR NETS: Brooklyn had its best offensive performance of the season in beating the visiting Kings 128-119. Joe Johnson had season highs with 27 points and 11 assists, and the Nets set season bests for points and three-pointers while ending a five-game losing streak. Reserve Bojan Bogdanovic made seven of their 18 three-pointers. DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, but the Kings were inept defensively in their sixth loss in seven games. Kings point guards Rajon Rondo and Darren Collison combined to make their first nine shots through the opening 18 minutes, but the Nets surged into the lead with a 36-point second quarter.
•COMFORTS OF HOME: Paul Millsap scored 24 points, Al Horford added 21 points and the Hawks won their third straight game, 102-96 over the Pacers. Paul George finished with 31 points for Indiana, which has lost 17 of its last 19 regular-season matchups in Atlanta.
•TRAVELING WELL: Chris Paul had 21 points and six assists, DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 18 rebounds and the Clippers beat the host Magic 107-93 for their fifth win in six games. Victor Oladipo led the Magic, which has lost three in a row, with 18 points. The Clippers, in the second game of a four-game Eastern trip, overcame 22 turnovers with 54 percent shooting. The Magic never led and gave up at least 107 points for the eighth straight game.
•I GOT THREE TENS: Hassan Whiteside had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots, and the Heat came up with two key steals in the closing seconds of a 98-95 victory over the host Hornets. Dwyane Wade scored 22 points for the Heat, which has won six of seven. The Hornets led 93-90 with 1:10 remaining, but Wade made a layup and Chris Bosh added a three-point play to make it 95-93 with 23.5 seconds left.
•TRIPLE-DOUBLE LEADS WAY: John Wall had his fourth career triple-double with 18 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and 10 assists, leading the host Wizards over the 76ers 106-94. Marcin Gortat had 21 points and had 13 rebounds for the Wizards. Bradley Beal scored 22 in his first start since Dec. 9. Ish Smith, cut by Washington during training camp, led Philadelphia with 22 points. Smith is playing for his ninth NBA team in six seasons.
•NOT GARDEN-VARIETY GRIZZLIES: Jeff Green scored 16 points, including two free throws with 6.2 seconds left, to help the Grizzlies hold off the Knicks 91-85 in New York for their fifth consecutive win. Matt Barnes had 12 points and Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol each had 10 for Memphis. Jose Calderon led the Knicks with 18 points. Kristaps Porzingis had 17 points and 10 rebounds.