Boston’s 10-game winning streak came to an end as Sacramento escapes to a 100-99 victory at home. The victory avoided another string of losses when they bowed down to the Los Angeles Lakers to another nail-bitter.

Richaun Holmes made the game-leading free-throws after Marcus Smart was slapped with a loose-ball foul with only 13.3 seconds remaining in the game and the Celtics up by one, 99-98. Smart had the chance to redeem himself after the costly mistake but the ball just bounced off the rim to the relief of everybody in the Golden 1 Arena.

Buddy Hield was two-points shy of his career-best, scoring team-best 35 points, built on seven three-pointers, along with six rebounds, four steals, three assists, and a block to lead the way for the Kings, who improved to 5-7 win-loss card after the win. Nemanja Bjelica had a double-double with 14 rebounds and 12 points.

With their winning streak at danger, the Boston Celtics went to Kemba Walker before passing the ball to Smart who drove to the lane and throws a floater over Holmes and Cory Joseph. The suspense, though, reminded the social media of what happened during last year’s run in Toronto.

The potential game-tying floater was reminiscent of the game-winning shot by Kawhi Leonard against the Philadelphia 76ers for the Raptors to advance to the Eastern Conference finals last season en route to winning their title. The arc, the bounce and the post-shot anticipation from the sidelines made rounds around the world.

For the Celtics, though, it didn’t go the way the wanted it to and the NBA fans never forget as they drew the comparison to that iconic basket.

 

Six players scored in double figures for Boston. Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 18 points, eight boards with two steals and Kemba Walker chipped in 15 points, nine assists, a rebound and a steal in a losing cause.

Kemba Walker Boston Celtics Julius Randle New York Knicks Kemba Walker #8 of the Boston Celtics guards Julius Randle #30 of the New York Knicks during the first half of their game at Madison Square Garden on October 26, 2019 in New York City. Emilee Chinn/Getty Images