Payton Pritchard only scored six points on Wednesday, but the rookie had the biggest shot of his young career to send the Boston Celtics to a 107-105 win over the Miami Heat

With time and the score of 105 apiece, Celtics security guard Marcus Smart hit the streets for an opportunity to win the game, however, his layup attempt was fiercely contested and missed the backboard

While Smart was driving, Pritchard came out of the corner to crash the boards in case of failure.He wasn’t picked up by the heat so he could come in and clean up Smart’s miss with his putback coming just in time with a 0 2 seconds left to get the win

Pritchard’s game helped the Celtics prevent a 17 point first-half lead against the Heat, fighting mostly from the field, converting 3 out of 10 shots but adding six rebounds and four assists off the bench in 20 minutes added

Pritchard has emerged as an important player from the bench this season.He has often given the Celtics a spark with his energy and goal potential, which came to the fore in the previous game when he reached a career high of 23 points

Cody Taylor is the editor of Rookie Wire from Orlando, Florida. Previously, he was editor of The Thunder Wire for the USA TODAY Sports Media Group. He worked for the NBA for Basketball Insider and HoopsWorld for five years. He also covered college sports at UCF , including baseball, soccer, and basketball

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