Horford hits buzzer beater to lift Celtics over Blazers

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) launches the game-winning shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Boston. APBOSTON — Al Horford captured the attention of Boston sports fans even on Super Bowl Sunday.Horford made a 15-foot fadeaway jumper at the buzzer and the Celtics finished off the Portland Trail Blazers 97-96 Sunday, giving New England fans a few hours to get home before the Patriots played for the NFL championship.ADVERTISEMENT Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Several jerseys for Brady and fellow Patriots star Rob Gronkowski were in the crowd at TD Garden. An Eagles fan shown on the Jumbotron repeatedly got booed.Horford wound up with 22 points and 10 rebounds, helping Boston win its fourth in a row.“He (Stevens) had called a play for Jaylen (Brown) but they were ready for it so he kept yelling keep the ball, keep the ball,” Horford said. “It’s a shot I work on a lot and it felt good when it left my hands.”Horford hit a game-winning shot with 3.7 seconds left against Houston earlier this season and also hit a buzzer-beater for Atlanta to beat Washington during the 2013-14 seasonDamian Lillard shot just 6 for 19, but scored Portland’s final eight points, including a 3-point play with 7.2 seconds remaining to give the Blazers a 96-95 lead.ADVERTISEMENT TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Maurice Harkless hit a career-high five 3-pointers and finished with 19. Harkless had 20 points in Portland’s last 13 games. … Portland has dropped six of eight on the road.Celtics: Boston had more 3-pointers in the first half than two-pointers (8-5). This was the 10th time this season the Celtics have overcome a double-digit lead. Boston is 15-5 against the Western Conference.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Visit the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.Celtics: Visit the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises North, South Korea share the ice in figure skatingcenter_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding C.J. McCollum led the Blazers with 22 points and Lillard added 21.“They executed well down the stretch, made some tough shots,” McCollum said. “Credit them for battling back and then down the stretch they seemed to match every basket.”Boston trailed 85-79 with 5:37 to go before going on an 11-0 run, sparked by consecutive 3-pointers from Semi Ojeleye, Jayson Tatum and Horford.Tatum had 17 points and Brown scored 16 for the Celtics.“That shot epitomizes the work he puts in,” Brown said. “He embraces those opportunities and steps up to the challenge.”Terry Rozier had with 11 points on 5-of-18 shooting after recording a triple-double and a career-high 31 points in his previous two games starting in place of Celtics guard Kyrie Irving.TAKING OFFENSEPortland had scored over 100 points in its previous 17 games. Lillard missed 10 of his first 11 shots.DOCTOR’S OFFICEIrving missed his third straight game with a bruised quad. … Morris missed his second with a hip injury and Shane Larkin was out for the fourth straight. “Wanted to end the game so we could go watch the Super Bowl,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.Stevens spoke while wearing a Patriots hat. He was joined by Eagles fan and Celtics player Marcus Morris, who sported an Eagles jersey.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I called game when Al hit the turnaround, just so you know,” Morris said.Stevens smiled, adding: “Al feels a lot like Tom Brady today, right?” Read Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img

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