Terry goes off in OT as Celtics survive
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
The Boston Celtics’ season goes on by the skin of their teeth.
First, the Celtics blew a 20-point third-quarter lead. Then they missed a shot to win it at the end of regulation. But in overtime of Game 4, with a 3-0 series deficit to the New York Knicks, the Celtics found a way. And that way was Jason Terry, who scored nine of his 18 points in the extra period to lead a 97-90 victory.
“It has been a tough year for me, but my confidence never waivered,” Terry said on TV after the game. “Wer’e not done yet.”
Game 5 in New York is Wednesday.
Raymond Felton scored 16 of his 25 points in the pivotal third quarter for the Knicks, who played without J.R. Smith, the NBA’s top sixth man, because of a suspension. But in overtime, he scored only two points as Carmelo Anthony continued his game-long cold shooting. Anthony finished with 36 points on 10-for-34 shooting.
Felton made a jump shot with 1 minute, 17 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give New York its first lead of the game.
Paul Pierce, who had 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists, missed a jump shot with less than second remaining in regulation for the Celtics with the score tied at 84. The Knicks grabbed the rebound and called timeout with 0.4 seconds left.
The Knicks tried a lob on a inbound play at the fourth-quarter buzzer, but Chris Wilcox knocked it away.
Terry then scored nine of the Celtics’ 13 points in overtime.… [For more on Jason Terry goes off in OT as Celtics survive vs. Knicks, click here.]