May 12, 2003, 2OT:
New Jersey Nets 110, Boston Celtics 101
The second OT contest of the 2003 playoffs came in Game 4 of the second round against the Boston Celtics. The Nets’ 110-101 double overtime win at TD Garden completed the series sweep, the first in franchise playoff history.
In a streaky fourth quarter of a tightly contested game, the Nets blew an early 75-71 lead, falling behind 86-78 with 4:09 to play. The Nets erased the eight point deficit in the final four minutes and with the game tied at 90 in the closing seconds, Tony Delk stole the ball from Jason Kidd to send it to the extra frame.
In the first OT, Kenyon Martin scored all seven points for the Nets, and the two teams ended up tied at 97 after a Paul Pierce deep two at the buzzer wouldn’t go down. Kerry Kittles hit a three to put the Nets up 102-99 at 3:57 of the second OT and the Nets would never look back, holding Boston to only four points in the period. Kidd gave Boston a little parting shot, hitting a three-pointer at the buzzer when the Nets should have been dribbling out the clock up 107-101. The Nets future Hall of Fame point guard nearly had a triple double, with a team-high 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
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