PHOENIX -- The Celtics nearly ran out of time for their frantic fourth-quarter push, but a clutch 3-point shot by Marcus Morris with 0.3 seconds forced overtime, allowing the C's to rally from 22 points down to a 116-109 at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Thursday night. Devin Booker had 21 of his 38 points in the second half, but he couldn't outduel Kyrie Irving who scored a season-high 39 points, 26 of which came in the second half.
The victory came despite Boston having their worst offensive half of the year (21 percent shooting before the break). The performance led to Marcus Smart getting the start over Jayson Tatum in the second half, but it was not until late when the C's rallied from 14 down in the final 3:31 that things turned around the green.
Boston improves to 1-2 with the win on their road trip with a back-to-back looming against the Jazz on Friday night without Kyrie Irving.