Celtics forward Grant Williams’ trash talk epically fails as he misses clutch free throws in Boston’s loss
Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams had a famous last word in Monday night’s overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In the fourth quarter, Williams had a chance to give Boston the lead with less than 1 second left on the clock. Williams was fouled for a shot and Cavaliers star Donovan Mitchell was sure he was going to make both shots.
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The game went into overtime and Cleveland would pull out a 118-114 victory.
“He gave us both, but I didn’t box out Marcus Smart for the tip and I’m thinking about it,” Mitchell said after the game. “Thank God he missed them and we got the win.”
Mitchell played 47 minutes and scored 40 points on 14-of-34 shooting. He had 11 rebounds and four assists. Evan Mobley scored 15 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in 41 minutes. Lamar Stevens came off the bench and added eight points and eight rebounds. Stevens was plus-18 during the game.
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Cleveland coach JB Bickerstaff gave Stevens a ton of credit after the game. Stevens came into the game as Cleveland trailed by 14 points but made the most of his minutes.
“Without Lamar, there’s no way we’re going to win that game,” Bickerstaff said. “He changed the tone, the physicality, the effort.”
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The win moved Cleveland to 41-26 on the season and dropped Boston to 45-21. The Celtics sit two games behind the Milwaukee Bucks in the race for the top of the Eastern Conference standings. Cleveland sits in fourth place, 6.5 games behind Milwaukee.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.