It appeared the Celtics were running out of steam. A 75-60 lead over the Knicks had shrunk to 82-73 with just over three minutes to play. Madison Square Garden, dormant for nearly the entire game, came alive as fans watched the Knicks attempt one final push to win the series in five.
The Celtics, as they had done much of the fourth quarter, ran the shot clock down. First to 15 seconds, and then to 10, and finally down to five. An empty possession would give the ball to New York with about 3:20 on the clock, trailing by nine. However Jeff Green wasn't about to let that happen.
Green fired a three pointer from the left corner, drilling it and putting the C's back up 12. Following a J.R. Smith three (yes Smith did in fact hit a shot..three of them to be precise) the lead was back down to nine when Green again delivered a dagger from the left corner. This time as the shot clock expired he rose over his defender and put one of the final nails in the Knicks coffin.