The Indiana Pacers were nine seconds of doing nothing but holding on to the basketball away from completing a 19-point comeback against the Boston Celtics. Instead, a brain shart cost them an emotional win.
With the team up one and primed to ice the game with free throws, head coach Nate McMillan inserted one of his best free-throw shooters, Bojan Bogdanovic. But instead of accepting a foul from Shane Larkin, Bogdanovic panicked and lobbed a doomed pass into the anticipatory arms of Celtics guard Terry Rozier, who sped the other way with his interception for a game-winning dunk with 1.6 seconds left.
Wild ending. 😳
Terry Rozier gets the steal & wins it with the slam! pic.twitter.com/7l3WyuRoCh
— NBA TV (@NBATV) December 19, 2017
Oladipo: Alright team, I clutched it out. Let’s enjoy this W
— Luke Harris (@LukeJHarris) December 19, 2017
Bogdanovic closing out the game pic.twitter.com/63c2hUR2m8
— Kyle (@kylezakrowski) December 19, 2017
Pete Carroll & Marshawn Lynch would have cringed at that last second play by Indiana & Bojan Bogdanovic tbh.
— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) December 19, 2017
The 6’8″ Bogdanovic has a listed nine inches on Larkin, his defender. All he had to do was hold the damn thing over his head and wait to get fouled.
“Lucky for us he didn’t want any part of the ball and lofted it up there,” Larkin said after the 112-111 victory.
Cory Joseph, who fed Bogdanovic, tried to cover for his teammate: “I probably shouldn’t have put [Bogdanovic] in that position, giving it back to him when he had just come back into the game. I could have held it and drawn the foul.”
“Miscues down the stretch cost us the game,” McMillan said. “It’s hard to take, but you’re going to have to move on, stay together.”