Sunday, July 19, 2015

Spurs buzzer-beater knocks off Celtics in Summer League Quarterfinals, 95-93

Associated Press
After a dramatic Celtics fourth quarter comeback, the Spurs only needed 2.5 seconds to hit a game-winning jumper to advance to the NBA Summer League semifinals.

Terry Rozier's dramatic off the dribble fade-away three pointer tied the game for the Celtics, capping off a 9-2 Celtics run but left just enough time for Spurs guard Shannon Scott to hit a one-handed game winning floater at the buzzer.

"It was supposed to be a 'hammer' for R.J. (Hunter) in the other corner, but he kind of threw it to the side, so I knew I wasn't going to have time to get it to R.J.," Rozier said after the game about his game-tying three-pointer. "I tried to get behind the line and get it up there." (
It looked like the two teams would be heading into overtime after Rozier's clutch shot. But Spurs Summer League head coach Becky Hammon drew up a play from mid-court to free up Scott for the game-winning play.
"He caught it right where we wanted him to, going towards half court," Celtics Summer League head coach Micah Shrewsberry said. "He just kind of got by us and hit a tough shot." (
R.J. Hunter and James Young were key catalysts in the Celtics' fourth quarter comeback. Hunter scored nine of his game-high 22 points in the fourth, while Young scored five of his 16 points in the final three minutes of the game.

After a quiet game against the Blazers in round two of the Summer League Playoffs, Young bounced back against the Spurs. Young got the start over Hunter at shooting guard and tallied up 9 rebounds and 3 assists to go with his 16 points.

Jordan Mickey chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds for the Celtics.

The Spurs' Kyle Anderson led his team with 21 points. San Antonio led by 14 points in the second half, highlighted by their 19-4 third quarter run. But the Celtics crawled back in the fourth quarter, and nearly sent the game into overtime.

Although the summer was cut short for the Celtics, their top three draftees ended the season on a promising note. In the last two games, Rozier averaged 12.5 points, Hunter averaged 15.5 points and Mickey put up 15.5 points and 8 rebounds.

Josue Pavon 
Twitter: @Joe_Sway10

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