That was ugly and exhausting to watch. I can only imagine what it was like to play in this game.
The refs really tried to take this one away from the C’s. Despite the best efforts of Joey Crawford and co. (out of bounds call that was clearly off Shawn Marion, the ticky-tack foul call on Kevin Garnett hedging on Derek Fisher), the Celtics held on for a 117 to 115 overtime win.
The refs may have been terrible (admittedly on both sides (think OJ Mayo offensive foul call in first OT, Fisher’s foul out call)) but the Celtics didn’t do themselves any favors by devolving into isolation plays on offense, not stopping the Mavs in transition, not capitalizing on the Mavs 27 turnovers, and not making the easy shots.
Luckily, a win is a win. Even an ugly, double-overtime one.