Jason Terry doesn’t have the big name when it comes to the Boston Celtics. He can refer such star status to the likes of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
But Terry continues to give the Celtics the valuable contributions they need to keep their seven-game win streak going. Obviously, win No. 7 was very sweet in the 118-114 NBA triple overtime victory Sunday against the Denver Nuggets, who had owned a nine-game winning streak.
Terry came off the bench and contributed a season high 26 points. But he was doing it quietly until the end of the game when he sank the 3-pointer that would win it.
Terry also show some surprising defensive instinct which some observers didn’t realize he had when he stole the ball from Andre Miller to preserve the victory. Terry had three steals for the game.
He shot a respectable 10-of-22 from the floor, respectable from the standpoint that the Celtics overall had a poor shooting night at 39 percent.
His averages are modest for a guard with 10.3 points and 2.4 assists per game. But as a 13-year veteran Terry still has plenty to offer. Prior to the Denver contest, he had a strong game in a 116-95 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers with 5-of-6 shooting and hit a pair of triples, while dishing out three assists and grabbing four rebounds.
Terry is in the twilight of his career, obviously. His career points per game average of 15.9 is 5.6 higher than his scoring average this season. His minutes per game is down.
But as Terry showed Sunday, he still has plenty he can contribute to the Boston Celtics.