Keys to the Game: Celtics 121, Hornets 114

Key Moment

Boston trailed Charlotte 104-97 with 6:37 left in Saturday’s matchup at Spectrum Center. The Celtics had squandered away a 19-point, second-half deficit and were staring down their third straight loss of demoralizing fashion.

But then Brad Stevens called a timeout, and according to Abby Chin of CSN New England, he delivered a pointed message.

“You’re wrong if you don’t think there’ll be a game like this in the Playoffs,” he told the team, according to Chin. “Find a way to win.”

His Celtics did exactly that.

Boston exited the timeout and immediately rattled off a 9-0 run to regain a 106-104 lead with 4:02 left in the game.

Avery Bradley opened up the run with a 3-pointer from the top of the key following the time out. Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford and Marcus Smart then each added in two points apiece over the next two-plus minutes of the game.

Words cannot describe how badly Boston needed that run. Their emotions were getting the best of them, and their confidence was down. That all changed after that run.

The C’s finished the game on a 24-10 run, which featured a couple of dagger 3-pointers from Thomas and Bradley, to grab the 124-114 win.

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