Horford hits at buzzer as Celtics top Trail Blazers

first_imgBOSTON — Al Horford captured the attention of Boston sports fans even on Super Bowl Sunday.Horford made a 15-foot fadeaway jumper at the buzzer and the Celtics finished off the Portland Trail Blazers 97-96 Sunday, giving New England fans a few hours to get home before the Patriots played for the NFL championship.“Wanted to end the game so we could go watch the Super Bowl,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.Stevens spoke while wearing a Patriots hat. He was joined by Eagles fan and Celtics player Marcus Morris, who sported an Eagles jersey.“I called game when Al hit the turnaround, just so you know,” Morris said.Stevens smiled, adding: “Al feels a lot like Tom Brady today, right?”The crowd at TD Garden was dotted with jerseys for Patriots stars Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. An Eagles fan shown on the Jumbotron repeatedly got booed.Horford wound up with 22 points and 10 rebounds, helping Boston win its fourth in a row.“He (Stevens) had called a play for Jaylen (Brown) but they were ready for it so he kept yelling keep the ball, keep the ball,” Horford said. “It’s a shot I work on a lot and it felt good when it left my hands.”Horford hit a game-winning shot with 3.7 seconds left against Houston earlier this season and also hit a buzzer-beater for Atlanta to beat Washington during the 2013-14 seasonDamian Lillard shot just 6 for 19, but scored Portland’s final eight points, including a 3-point play with 7.2 seconds remaining to give the Blazers a 96-95 lead.last_img