Boston Celtics 111, Sacramento 109
When: 10:00 PM ET, Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
Recap for Digital Sports Desk by Field Level Media
SACRAMENTO – Gordon Hayward avenged a critical foul 5.6 seconds earlier by sinking a tiebreaking jumper with two seconds remaining Wednesday night, giving the Boston Celtics a 111-109 victory over the host Sacramento Kings.
Al Horford recorded 21 points and a game-high 11 rebounds while also finding time for a team-high seven assists as the Celtics completed a back-to-back sweep in Northern California after shellacking the Golden State Warriors 128-95 on Tuesday night.
Harrison Barnes had a team-high 24 points for the Kings, who wrapped up a 1-3 homestand.
Hayward’s hoop occurred after the Kings had rallied from a late six-point deficit to gain a 109-all tie on three free throws by Buddy Hield with 7.6 seconds left.
The foul shots were the result of a foul called on Hayward while he attempted to defend the potential game-tying shot.
Without calling a timeout, the Celtics rushed the ball up the court, and Hayward nailed a 9-footer for the winner.
After a timeout that allowed them to advance the ball, the Kings took a shot at a win, but Barnes’ 30-footer with two-tenths of a second remaining was off the mark.
Both teams were without a key player.
Celtics All-Star Kyrie Irving sat out with a bruised left thigh one night after having 19 points and 11 assists in Boston’s romp at Golden State.
Meanwhile, Kings standout rookie Marvin Bagley III missed his third consecutive game with a sprained left knee.
After a 3-pointer by Jayson Tatum put the Celtics ahead 91-88, the visitors went on to lead by as many as six on a 3-pointer by Marcus Morris with 3:14 to go.
The Kings rallied, getting two hoops from De’Aaron Fox and a 3-pointer from Hield with 1:10 remaining to close within 105-104.
Tatum and Willie Cauley-Stein then exchanged hoops before Tatum’s two free throws with 15.5 seconds left put the Celtics up 109-106.
Hield’s three game-tying free throws came on Sacramento’s next possession.
Tatum scored 24 points to lead the Celtics, who had lost five of six before heading west this week.
Morris had 19 points, Terry Rozier 16, Hayward 12 and Jaylen Brown 10 for Boston, which swept a road/road back-to-back for the first time in four tries this season.
Hield finished with 23 points for the Kings, who have lost four of five as they pursue a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Fox complemented 16 points with seven assists for Sacramento, while Cauley-Stein had 19 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic 14.
The Celtics outshot the Kings 50.6 percent to 50 percent. Both teams made 13 3-pointers.
Sacramento led by as many as nine points and Boston by as many as 10 in the first three quarters, which ended with the Celtics holding an 82-77 lead.
The margin was extended to seven when Hayward opened the fourth period with a jumper, before the Kings rallied into an 88-all tie on two free throws by Harry Giles with 8:25 remaining.
–Field Level Media