Baron Davis was driving hard, pushing forward aggressively almost all night against the Boston Celtics, so why not do the same, verbally, in the Clippers’ final timeout?
So he spelled it out in clear, precise terms.
“Coach, run this play for me. I’m gonna shoot and we’re gonna win,” Davis said he told Coach Mike Dunleavy.
And what a wildly improbable story and finish.
The Clippers scored five points in the final 8.5 seconds to defeat the Celtics, 92-90, the winning shot being a fadeaway jumper by Davis at the buzzer.
It stopped Boston’s nine-game road winning streak, marking only the second Celtics loss on the road this season. This had echoes of the Clippers’ upset of the Celtics last season at Staples Center, a two-point victory in February.
“You’ve got to prepare your mind for it when you’re getting ready to take a shot,” Davis said. “I didn’t know what Coach was gonna draw. I made it known that I wanted to get the ball and if I got it with a second left, if I can get to my fadeway over [Rajon] Rondo, at least we’d be able to get a good look.”
(H/T: NESW Sports)