Kevin Garnett’s bullet pass was high, so Jeff Green pulled the ball in, ducked under the basket, and put it off the glass as Indiana’s weak side help arrived too late.

The Celtics had used up all but five-tenths of a second in the last 23 seconds of an 83-81 win over the Indiana Pacers last night, and execution doesn’t get much better than this.

Avery Bradley took the inbounds pass, ran the clock down to 10 seconds, and handed left to Green, who in turn handed off to Garnett in the high post.

Paul Pierce, normally the tried and sometimes tired option in these situations, stayed on the left side of the lane as Green circled, and effectively picked David West back into the lane once Green made his baseline cut.

Green and Garnett ran at each other like they had just won the state tournament. This is what the Celtics have been for the last month — a team that, in Doc Rivers’ words, “hangs around. We stole the game.”