Giannis Antetokounmpo thrives in these moments and shined in a 14-point final frame that pulled his team to almost tying the game.
The Celtics set a franchise record for 3-pointers with 24 in a 117-113 win over the Bucks on Thursday night, handing Milwaukee its first loss of the season.
All the while, three words played over and over inside Kyrie Irving's head: "Get 'em up".
Gordon Hayward gave Celtics fans a glimpse of the fluid, versatile, and risky line-ups the Celts can deploy when they finally hit their stride; his ball-handling and shooting give the Celtics an edge over just about every team, and the vision of a super team in-the-making came into full focus tonight.
Khris Middleton and Malcom Brogdon shot 16 points each and Eric Bledsoe had 13 points and 7 assists for the Bucks. Obviously, he's a great passer off of those, and so we'll just keep feeding all those guys in those different spots. "That was encouraging to see".
Three days after Klay Thompson set the National Basketball Association record for most 3-pointers by a player in a single game, the Boston Celtics almost set the record for a team. Golden State have lost just one game this season and it came on a last-second effort by the Nuggets.
"We stayed resilient and won the game", said Boston's Marcus Morris, who finished with 17 points. "We were just knocking them down and our guys got hot".
But after Hayward was called for goaltending on the play, he landed fully on his left leg - the same one he suffered a gruesome injury to last season just six minutes into his Celtics debut, costing him the remainder of 2017-18.
"We're having fun", said Irving. Buddy Hield scored 27 against the Hawks and that makes five straight games with at least 20 - he is the shooter we expected.
Boston didn't score in the fourth until Jayson Tatum hit a 3-pointer with 9:13 left in the game.
The Celtics began to get a taste of what that could look like against the Bucks.
Irving hit back-to-back 3-pointers late in the second quarter and Boston led 55-53 at halftime.
"We can get better".
That's what Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer told Mike Krzyzewski on Coach K's SiriusXM radio show on ESPNU Radio.
But unlike the horrific events of last season, Hayward sprung to his feet and jogged back on defense. It will begin with a homecoming for Hayward in his native in against the Pacers - only for him to make a far-less-hospitable return to Utah next Friday night, where he will play against the Jazz, whom he left as a free agent in 2017, for the first time since he did so. "I don't like to say that we're playing care-free, but I think that we're making the decisions that we want and we're playing off one another. It felt good being able to be out there at the end of the game, too", Hayward said.