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Turner: 'You're going to hug me' for winner

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens knew by putting the ball in Evan Turner's hands late in Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks, it probably wasn't coming out.

So even though the play he drew up was the same one that led to an Avery Bradley game-winning jumper in Denver three weeks back, Stevens was comfortable knowing this time around would likely end with Turner attacking the basket.

Sure enough, in a late-clock situation, Turner looked away from a curling Bradley and elected to drive on DeMarre Carroll before hitting a floater in the lane with 0.2 seconds remaining as the Celtics capped a rally from an 18-point deficit to post an 89-88 triumph at TD Garden.

"We've run it before ... we just wanted to get it into Evan's hands and then Avery had an option off of a single pin-down after Marcus Thornton had curled his guy to try to create a little bit of havoc," explained Stevens. "Avery has scored off that play against Denver, to win ... [and he] scored off that play against somebody else, a big shot late.

"Evan has the option to drive. And I knew when I told Evan he had the option to drive, I knew that he was not probably going to get rid of the ball. I thought he was going to try to take it and make a play. One thing about Evan is he's big, with the ability to handle the ball, so he's going to be able to get a shot like he got off, like that, from a similar area to where he beat us last year when he was playing for Philadelphia."

Turner said he never fears big-game shots, and his only hesitation was the glare Bradley shot him when the ball didn't come his way as he came off the screen at the top of the key.

"I made the move and [Bradley] was like, 'S---, Evan!'" said Turner. "I was like, 'You're going to hug me in a second.'"

Turner, who hit a game-winning 3-pointer in Portland to ignite Boston's recent stretch of close wins, said he was confident he could get a quality shot off by driving.

"I always feel like, once I [change direction], I have a defender where I want them," said Turner. "I went one way, [Carroll] cut me off, and it's pretty much a setup to get them on my hip or get my shoulder past their hip to get a shot."

Turner went behind his back with a dribble to get to his right hand, nearly losing control of the ball, but got into the paint and put up the floater over a trio of Hawks that converged as the Garden erupted.

Said Turner: "That's how I've always been. I'm not really worried about missing the big shot or anything."