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Jeff Green hits a three at the buzzer to send Celtics to win over Heat (VIDEO)

Nov 9, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

Jeff Green hit a fading three-pointer from the corner as time expired in Miami to give the Celtics an improbable 111-110 win over the Heat on Saturday, which was Boston’s third straight.

Dwyane Wade had a chance to ice the game at the free throw line, but missed two foul shots on the previous possession which left the door open for Green’s incredible shot. The second of Wade’s attempts was intentionally missed, but because it didn’t hit the rim, it was a violation which allowed the Celtics to call timeout and set up a play for the game’s final shot.

Miami is just 4-3 on the season, with two of the losses coming to teams which were expected to be among the league’s bottom feeders in Philadelphia and now Boston. The reason for the struggles is a lack of intensity on the defensive end of the floor; in this one, the Celtics put up 35 points in the second quarter and 31 in the fourth. The Heat were seventh in the league in defensive efficiency a season ago, but are just 21st in that category so far this year.

We don’t expect teams like Boston, Philadelphia, and Phoenix to continue to win games at this rate as the season progresses, given the relative lack of talent in place on their respective rosters. But it sure is fun during these first couple of weeks seeing effort, energy and good coaching win out at times while facing teams who would seem to possess an overwhelming talent advantage.

  1. jjordannba - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Aaaah Kurt couldn’t write this one up. To busy crying right now im sure. But anyway the Celtics will make the playoffs, ALL of their games have been competitive and close so far even in the losses, and their defensive rating is in the top half of the league. When Rondo comes back this roster is good enough to make a 7th or 8th seed, I mean it is the East.

  2. jjordannba - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    By the way Jeff Green is 7-11 (63%) in game-tying or go ahead baskets with less than 5 seconds in the game. Which is the best in the league from 2008 to present. Hell of a shot by Jeff Green but hell of a pass by Gerald Wallace. But also hell of a screw up by Dwyane Wade the Heat had this game all but wrapped up with 1 second left.

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Extremely poor performance. Quite a week in So Fla sports, ya think?

  4. antistratfordian - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Very fortunate opportunity for the Celtics. Because Dwyane Wade… that was absolutely one of the most boneheaded plays I’ve ever seen! He said it was karma – and sure it was that – but it was also Wade doing the worst possible thing that any player can do in that situation.

    The C’s deserve a ton of credit; they played with more collective energy and effort for nearly the entire game. But Wade… lol. He will never live that one down.

    “We messed with the game tonight, and it got us back.” – L. James

    • kjereld615 - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      I fail to see why you got so many thumbs downs. There was nothing in your comment that was wrong. It was pretty accurate. The Celtics just came off a game against Orlando yesterday so you’d expect them to be tired, yet they played like they had the whole week off. They played with energy and pulled off a win no one expected of them. Now that’s not to say they didn’t have help, because they certainly did. If Wade at least makes the first free throw then this game is over, but he misses it and then he make the horrible mistake that allowed the Celtics to win a game that they had no business winning. The game was over, the Heat had it in the bag but they messed up. You can say anything about the Celtics this season, but tonight they played hard and it showed. We beat a team with all stars across the board and proven quality players as well, while we have only two good players in Green and Bradley and everyone is are just okay. It was a great win by the Celtics.

  5. dolphindubs - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Dwayne Wade went Tugg Speedman in Simple Jack.

  6. nflfan1985 - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    I don’t think people are giving enough credit to Brad Stevens.

  7. peterjohnjoseph - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    These Celtics just won’t give into the idea of giving in for the season.. I know the talent isn’t there, but like I said earlier in the week and was ridiculed for, if we win this game it completely changes are plans. It might not be a ball in the lottery we need. Some help now would put a ball for this team into the hat for the season. Especially with Rondo coming back and a coach in Brad Stevens that more than proved tonight he’s literate enough to coach in this league.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      Stevens is definitely literate enough. But winning one game doesn’t change too much for the Celtics – a sustained month of winning might though.

      And beating Miami – a lot of bad teams have done that in the past but they don’t take that effort with them everywhere. So we’ll see.

      • jcmeyer10 - Nov 10, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        They have been in every game. Now they are learning to close out. As a fan I have been pleased that the results are starting to match the effort.

        I know you don’t watch every game so this is not hump busting but they could be 5-2 right now if they closed out the Bucks and Grizz.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 10, 2013 at 7:10 PM

        And the Heat could be 6-1 if they would’ve properly missed a free throw against the Nets and the Celtics. But they did not.

        For a Celtics fan I would set this game aside a little bit – put an asterisk on it for now. Not because they got lucky or anything like that, but because they have two or three guys who are always very excited to see Miami. Jeff Green, Jordan Crawford and Avery Bradley. You’re not going to see them all locked-in like that at the same time very often. If they start to bring that regularly then I’d say your half-chub could be justified.

  8. borisalessandri - Nov 10, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    At least it was a regular season game and not GM 6 of the NBA Finals. That’s the kind of emotional shrapnel I’ll keep with me inside FOREVER

  9. senorpapino - Nov 10, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    LeBron chokes again! So much for all first team defense! Hahahahahahahahahaha

    • antistratfordian - Nov 10, 2013 at 3:14 AM

      lol. Nah, LeBron contested fine. It’s such a low percentage shot (last year the league shot around 14% in similar situations) that you don’t really even have to defend it in order for it to be incredibly difficult to make. But LeBron was right there and it still went in. If a guy takes a desperate shot like that and it drops… it drops. Hats off to ’em.

      And on the other end LeBron scored the Heat’s last 6 points and just made two free throws to put Miami up by 4 with three seconds left. So there was no issue there either.

      The “choke” happened a few moments before that by another player who will remain nameless. I hate to call it a choke, it really wasn’t that, it was just… incredibly stupid? Is that too harsh?

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - Nov 10, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        Not too harsh at all. All Wade has to do is to hit the rim and they will be up by two with almost no time left. The game clock is in easy view from the foul line. Wade said something about karma – if he meant that a team that played so lifelessly was destined to lose, well, it’s hard to argue with that just now.

      • marsh025 - Nov 10, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        Wade talking about Karma is just him trying to deflect blame from himself.
        Plain and simple. D Wade blew the game. Hats off to Jeff Green for a remarkable shot but that’s what pros do.
        D Wade makes his free throw, or at least hit the rim, game over.
        Intelligence doesn’t seem to be one of D wade’s strong points.
        Boneheaded turnovers all the time, At crucial moments in the game.
        We love D Wade but over the years he’s made some mystifyingly boneheaded decisions.
        LBJ just hit two clutch free throws.
        We can’t count on D Wade to do the same thing. he’s been missing them his entire career.
        game on the line, put D Wade on the free throw line. He’ll miss. Guaranteed.

    • bigmeechy74 - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:42 AM

      Yeah he sucks. Best player in the league. Back to back titles. They should release him. What a choker

  10. 32magicman - Nov 10, 2013 at 4:51 AM

    Beaten by the celtics?! Hahahahahahaha

  11. 32magicman - Nov 10, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    At home?! Hahahahahaha

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 10, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      Guess when you’re a fan of the pathetic Orlando Magic your only happiness is seeing your #1 rival lose. It’s understandable, considering how Orlando sucks.

      • jcmeyer10 - Nov 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        And the Celts beat them already and will hopefully do it again Monday. Right now they both are in the playoffs, that is the funny part fans of both teams can laugh about.

  12. pistolpete0903 - Nov 10, 2013 at 5:40 AM

    The Heat are going to take the best shot from every team. That comes with the territory of being a star team and repeat champions (ask the Bulls of 90’s).
    The Celtics are going to be in the mix for the last 2 playoff spots. They have legit stars in Rondo and Green. Would be interesting to see how much does Stevens gets out of this team.

  13. j0esixpack - Nov 10, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    This will not sustain for the Celtics but one if Stevens coaching challenges is to teach young energetic guys to get into the habit of playing hard.

    That foundation along with the tons of picks and potential for trades could have the Celtics contending sooner than people expect (everyone had the Red Sox pegged for last place for the next several years..- hey at least they got bozosforall to stfu!)

  14. packhawk04 - Nov 10, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    This win doesnt mean much. Celtics are giving everything they have. Credit them and brad stevens for that. The heat know when they have to turn it on. This gives celtics fans reason to talk, i guess.

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 10, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      You couldn’t be more wrong. This win sends the rest of the league a message: Celtics can beat you.

      • jcmeyer10 - Nov 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        They have been in just about every game and are learning how to close games out.

    • RE LEE - Nov 10, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      This win doesn’t mean much? A bunch of young nobodies beat the cluster of superstar sure mean something. That’s why the story of David and Goliath endures. It doesn’t mean much— to the big losers it just means sour grapes.

  15. themagicfanguy - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    What’s funny is the stands were half-empty, what a joke of a fan base.

    • jcmeyer10 - Nov 10, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      I shouldn’t be throwing too many stones if the Celts season gets ugly (going to 15 games this year). At least right now, this is something a Magic and Celts fan can agree on.

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