Even though the game was being played on their home court in Phoenix, there wasn’t a lot of hope that the lowly Suns would beat the Celtics, who are currently the second-best team in the Eastern Conference behind the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Indeed, by the time the game had wound down to the final minutes, it looked like the Celtics would take home a hard-fought road victory. They were up by two points with six seconds left. Then the craziness happened. First, a defensive lapse allowed Suns guard Eric Bledsoe to get an easy up-and-under layup when the help never arrived. The Celtics still had four seconds to attempt a game-winner and avoid overtime.
Boston inbounded the ball to Isaiah Thomas, who has made a habit of performing fourth quarter heroics this season. This time, however, Thomas was stripped of the ball by Suns rookie Marquese Chriss. The loose ball rolled directly to Tyler Ulis, who hit Thomas with a step-back dribble and coolly nailed a three-pointer as time expired.
Tyler Ulis beats the Celtics in a crazy finish pic.twitter.com/TXxufpFOTg
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) March 6, 2017
The Suns will won’t make the playoffs and the Celtics definitely will, but what a way to end the game!