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Inside the Celtics Locker Room: Al Horford hits game-winner in 3rd win without Kyrie Irving (videos)

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The talk post-game was Al Horford’s heroic game winner...

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Boston -- Celtics forward Al Horford talks about his first career buzzer-beater for the win. Horford’s shot came after the Blazers used their foul to give on Jaylen Brown. Horford finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. He’s the oldest Celtic with a 20-10-5 game since Paul Pierce in 2013.

Nick Gelso and Clevis Murray break down the game and give their Super Bowl LII preview.

Al Horford on game-winner:

”Coach called a play for Jaylen (Brown),” said Horford, “and as he’s calling it he’s saying, ‘Keep the ball, Keep the ball.’ Go score. They read it perfectly because I wanted to hand him the ball and they stayed very tight to him. So once that happened I was very aggressive, went to a go to move. It was like, ‘I’ve got to find a way to score.’ Took my time. That’s a shot I work on a lot, and it felt good that it went in.”

Terry Rozier on Horford clutch shot:

Terry Rozier, a shining light for the Celtics, talks about Al Horford’s game-winner and the Celtics overcoming the Blazers’ lead.

”It was just great for us to come out on top,” said Rozier. “We never stopped fighting. We never stopped believing. Obviously, we were down at halftime. We came here, coach had a nice little message for us and we went out there and played hard from the jump.”

Brad Stevens and Marcus Morris duke it out over Pats v Eagles at podium:

Marcus Morris, in a Casron Wentz jersey, joins Brad Stevens at the podium after their narrow win. Stevens talked about the last play of the game

”Wanted it to end the game so we could go watch the Superbowl.” “We shouldn’t have fouled (Damian) Lillard. We talked about that in the – in the locker room. But guys played so hard; obviously that’s a tough decision to make on the fly. And then we had a play set up, they used their foul, and then we got it to Al in the middle of the floor, which has usually been pretty good to us.”

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Written by Clevis Murray for CelticsBlog and CLNS Media.

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