Celtics’ Game 3 Win Vs. Cavs Was Largest NBA Playoff Upset In 20 Years

by abournenesn

May 21, 2017

Not many people gave the Boston Celtics a chance to win Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road. And oddsmakers were chief among them.

The C’s were 16.5-point underdogs at several sportsbooks, per OddsShark, and even 17-point underdogs at some others.

But thanks to a resilient effort and Avery Bradley’s game-winning shot with 0.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Celtics overcame a 21-point deficit to cover the spread and win the game outright 111-108.

The 16.5-point line made Boston’s upset victory the largest in recent playoff memory.

The Celtics will be underdogs again in Game 4 on Tuesday night, and they’ll need to give another tremendous performance to even the series at two games apiece before it goes back to Boston for Game 5.

Thumbnail photo via Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports Images

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