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Payton Pritchard has been inconsistent in his first nine NBA games Most newbies are The highs are blinding, like a 23-point game against the Toronto Raptors The lows are low, like his goalless streak against Detroit Pistons at the start of the season but on Wednesday he showed the basketball world why the Celtics are excited about his future by saving them from one of the worst collapses in recent NBA history

At 1:17 on the clock against the Miami Heat, the Celtics were leading 105-95 At that moment, the Celtics had a 981 percent chance of winning according to ESPN’s Probability Metric From there it went completely wrong, Duncan Robinson hit a 3-pointer Jayson Tatum missed a shot Duncan Robinson was fouled on another made 3-pointer and made the free throw Miami got one more stop Goran Dragic hit a 3-pointer tie game Marcus Smart missed a layup and just like that we are thanks to 77 the worst seconds basketball, that a team could play, work overtime

Or are we? Pritchard snuck behind the game and managed to get into the lane, secure the offensive ricochet and attempt the game-winning layup in the air before the buzzer sounded Celtics 107, Heat 105 Boston wins

Pritchard was pretty uneventful in the game, scoring six points on 3-of-10, but that’s exactly what happens with newbies, They’re Up and Down Pritchard got up when Boston needed him and showed the kind of situational awareness and skill That Most Veterans Miss At All Pritchard has a long way to go before he finds that coveted consistency, but lightning bolts like this paint a very encouraging picture of his future

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World News – USA – Payton Pritchard’s game-winning putback saves Celtics from embarrassing breakdown against Heat