The Boston Celtics suffered a defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime, following a pre-free throw chirping incident involving forward Grant Williams that backfired.
Williams, who was fouled while attempting a three-pointer in the fourth quarter, engaged in trash talk with Cavs center Jarrett Allen before going to the free-throw line. However, his actions seemed to have motivated Allen, who went on to block Williams’ three-point attempt in the final seconds of regulation time.
The game eventually went into overtime, but Williams’ troubles continued as he missed both free-throw attempts in the final minute, allowing the Cavaliers to clinch a 117-110 victory.
Williams acknowledged his mistake, stating that he should have focused on his free throws instead of engaging in trash talk. Celtics coach Ime Udoka also weighed in on the incident, emphasizing the importance of staying composed and avoiding distractions during crucial moments.
The loss marked the Celtics’ second consecutive defeat, dropping their record to 28-28 for the season. Despite the setback, the team remains in contention for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.