CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers had the lead and less than three minutes remained at the Q. They were up by eight points. They had seen a 14-point lead diminish as the quarter edged toward a climax.
But after Shaun Livingston scored to give Cleveland a 90-82 lead with 2:56 left, the home team only scored two more points, both coming on a pair of free throws and Boston came back to break the hearts of Cavs fans in downtown Cleveland, 93-92.
Jeff Green scored 21 points and hit the winning layup at the buzzer, and the Celtics snapped a five-game losing streak with a one point win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Brandon Bass scored 22 points to lead the Celtics, who rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to avoid matching their longest skid of the season. Boston had dropped seven of nine to fall into seventh place in the Eastern Conference — 2 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee.
After Cleveland’s Alonzo Gee knocked the ball out of bounds with 2.1 seconds left, Green took an inbound pass at the top of the key, drove into the lane and scored over two defenders as time expired.
Wayne Ellington scored 16 points to lead Cleveland, which has lost six in a row to match a season high.