BOSTON - Avery Bradley hit the game-winning bucket as time expired to lead the Green Team past the White Team, 52-51, in the annual Boston Celtics open scrimmage on Friday night at TD Garden.
E'Twaun Moore hit a wide open three with 0.8 left in the game to put the White Team on top, 51-50. With his team down by one, Bradley received the inbound pass and heaved up a quick jumper near the corner of the arc as time expired and sent the season ticket holders in attendance into a frenzy.
"The play was actually not for me," said Bradley. "It was for two different people, actually. It was for Chris [Wilcox] and JaJuan [Johnson], but Ray [Allen] got a little lazy on defense and I was wide open and just put it up, made it."
Chris Wilcox led all scorers with 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting for the Green Team and Marquis Daniels added 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting and had five assists. Keyon Dooling scored nine points (3-for-7 FG; 3-for-3 3PT), JaJuan Johnson added six points and Bradley finished with seven points for the Green Team.
Brandon Bass led the White Team with 13 points and two rebounds while Moore (5-for-7) scored 12 points. Jermaine O'Neal totaled nine points, Ray Allen (3-for-6) had seven points and Michael Sweetney added six points. Rajon Rondo (seven assists) scored four points and Gilbert Brown had two points for the White Team.
"This is an energetic, enthusiastic city," O'Neal said about the crowd. "They're very passionate about the team. They want to see a good product out there. You still get nervous."
The White Team jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead with 7:53 to play and finished out the first half on a 19-16 run to take a 29-18 advantage after 12 minutes of play. In the second half, the Green Team outscored the White Team 34-21.
"The first seven minutes I loved the starting unit, whichever starting unit that was," said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. "They just executed good stuff. They had 27 points with three minutes left in a 12-minute game, that was good. On the other side, I didn't like it because we had just given update 27 points. You're coaching against yourself.
The Celtics will not hold practice Saturday, according to Rivers, but will watch film.