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Three’s A Charm

So while everyone else was digging out of Winter Storm Nemo, I was sent to the Garden to cover the Celtics as they hosted the Denver Nuggets.

Triple Overtime. Celtics win. ‘Nuff said.

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Celtics forward Jeff Green celebrates after scoring against the Nuggets in the second half of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Celtics forward Jeff Green celebrates after scoring against the Nuggets in the second half of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Celtics forward Kevin Garnett and Nuggets center Kosta Koufos fight for a rebound in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Celtics forward Kevin Garnett and Nuggets center Kosta Koufos fight for a rebound in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013.

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Celtics forward Chris Wilcox goes up for a layup between Nuggets center Kosta Koufos, left, and Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Celtics forward Chris Wilcox goes up for a layup between Nuggets center Kosta Koufos, left, and Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Celtics forward Brandon Bass tries to block a shot from Nuggets forward Andre Iguodala in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Celtics forward Brandon Bass tries to block a shot from Nuggets forward Andre Iguodala in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Celtics forward Kevin Garnett screams after a score against the Nuggets in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Celtics forward Kevin Garnett screams after a score against the Nuggets in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013.

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Celtics guard Jason Terry rallies Celtics fans after scoring a 3-pointer in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Celtics guard Jason Terry rallies Celtics fans after scoring a 3-pointer in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013.(Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Nuggets center JaVale McGee block a shot from Celtics guard Avery Bradley in the second half of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Nuggets center JaVale McGee block a shot from Celtics guard Avery Bradley in the second half of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013.(Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Celtics forward Paul Pierce gets fouled by Nuggets guard Andre Miller during the first overtime of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Celtics forward Paul Pierce gets fouled by Nuggets guard Andre Miller during the first overtime of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler tries to drive through the defense of Celtics forward Paul Pierce, left, and Celtics forward Chris Wilcox in the second half of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler tries to drive through the defense of Celtics forward Paul Pierce, left, and Celtics forward Chris Wilcox in the second half of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Celtics forward Paul Pierce tries to intercept a pass to Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari in the third overtime of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Celtics forward Paul Pierce tries to intercept a pass to Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari in the third overtime of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Celtics forward Paul Pierce pumps his fist after a score against the Nuggets in the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Celtics forward Paul Pierce pumps his fist after a score against the Nuggets in the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Celtics guard Jason Terry celebrates the end of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win over the Nuggets at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Celtics guard Jason Terry celebrates the end of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win over the Nuggets at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013.(Kelvin Ma)

Highs & Lows – Bulls 100, Celtics 99

I’ve got a special spot in my heart for shooting basketball. Going to a Big Ten school, I had plenty of opportunity to cover the best college basketball teams in the country on a regular basis. Granted, these teams were playing my mediocre Northwestern Wildcats, but I got to photograph them, nonetheless.

I’ve always appreciated the flow of a basketball game, especially close games, since every possession is a battle. That fight was apparent Friday night when I covered the Bulls as they visited the Celtics at the Garden. Neither team wanted to quit, and the result was an overtime win for the Bulls on a last-second jump shot. Of course, that meant a whole bunch of great celebration shots I had of the Celtics were rendered useless, but sometimes those are the breaks in this business.

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Celtics guard Rajon Rondo looks to pass against the Bulls in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Celtics guard Rajon Rondo looks to pass against the Bulls in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Celtics forward Jared Sullinger tries to block the shot of Bulls forward Carlos Boozer in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Celtics forward Jared Sullinger tries to block the shot of Bulls forward Carlos Boozer in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Celtics guard Jason Terry pouts after getting called for a foul against the Bulls in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Celtics guard Jason Terry pouts after getting called for a foul against the Bulls in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5), Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, and Celtics forward Jeff Green jockey for a rebound in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5), Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, and Celtics forward Jeff Green jockey for a rebound in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

1/18/13 -- BOSTON -- From left, Bulls center Joakim Noah, Bulls forward Luol Deng and Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich rest against the scorers table before resuming action against the Celtics in the second half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

1/18/13 — BOSTON — From left, Bulls center Joakim Noah, Bulls forward Luol Deng and Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich rest against the scorers table before resuming action against the Celtics in the second half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Celtics head coach Doc Rivers protests a call in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Celtics head coach Doc Rivers protests a call in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Bulls center Joakim Noah throws down a dunk on the Celtics in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Bulls center Joakim Noah throws down a dunk on the Celtics in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Bulls guard Richard Hamilton squares up on Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Bulls guard Richard Hamilton squares up on Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Celtics forward Jared Sullinger fights for a rebound with Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, top, and Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Celtics forward Jared Sullinger fights for a rebound with Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, top, and Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich in the second half of the Celtics' 100-99 overtime loss at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Celtics center Jason Collins knocks the ball out of the hands of Bulls forward Luol Deng in the first half of an NBA basketball at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Celtics center Jason Collins knocks the ball out of the hands of Bulls forward Luol Deng in the first half of an NBA basketball at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. The Bulls won, 100-99, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- Bulls center Joakim Noah and teammates rush to celebrate after Bulls guard Marco Belinelli sank the go-ahead jump shot in the final seconds of overtime to beat the Celtics, 100-99, at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — Bulls center Joakim Noah and teammates rush to celebrate after Bulls guard Marco Belinelli sank the go-ahead jump shot in the final seconds of overtime to beat the Celtics, 100-99, at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

Not gonna lie, being a sports photographer is a pretty good gig most of the time. Just ask Patriots safety Patrick Chung, who took his turn shooting from the floor.

01/18/13 -- BOSTON -- New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung takes a turn behind the television camera as the Chicago Bulls played the Boston Celtics in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

01/18/13 — BOSTON — New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung takes a turn behind the television camera as the Chicago Bulls played the Boston Celtics in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

Keeping Pace

Here are a few photos from a few weeks ago, when the Indiana Pacers were in town visiting the Celtics, who at the time were in the middle of their epic, pre-Christmas win streak. A little late, but what can I say, I’ve been busy!

Boston, Mass. -- Celtics forward Paul Pierce tries to block a shot from Indiana forward Danny Granger at the TD Garden on Dec. 19, 2010. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- Celtics forward Paul Pierce tries to block a shot from Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger at the TD Garden on Dec. 19, 2010.


Boston, Mass. -- Pacers guard T.J. Ford goes up for a layup in front of Celtics forward Ray Allen against the Indiana Pacers at the TD Garden on Dec. 19, 2010. The Celtics won, 99-88. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- Pacers guard T.J. Ford goes up for a layup in front of Celtics forward Ray Allen against the Indiana Pacers at the TD Garden on Dec. 19, 2010. The Celtics won, 99-88.


Boston, Mass. -- Celtics forward Glen Davis pumps his fists after one of his teammates drew a foul on his jump shot as Indiana Pacers forward James Posey shows his reaction at the TD Garden on Dec. 19, 2010. The Celtics won, 99-88. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- Celtics forward Glen Davis pumps his fists after one of his teammates drew a foul on his jump shot as Indiana Pacers forward James Posey shows his reaction at the TD Garden on Dec. 19, 2010. The Celtics won, 99-88.


Boston, Mass. -- Celtics forward Paul Pierce stares down Indiana Pacers guard Brandon Rush at the TD Garden on Dec. 19, 2010. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- Celtics forward Paul Pierce stares down Indiana Pacers guard Brandon Rush at the TD Garden on Dec. 19, 2010.


Boston, Mass. -- Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal posts up against  Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert at the TD Garden on Dec. 19, 2010. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal posts up against Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert at the TD Garden on Dec. 19, 2010.


Boston, Mass. -- Celtics forward Glen Davis, left, and center Shaquille O'Neal go up for a loose ball against the Indiana Pacers at the TD Garden on Dec. 19, 2010. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- Celtics forward Glen Davis, left, and center Shaquille O'Neal go up for a loose ball against the Indiana Pacers at the TD Garden on Dec. 19, 2010.

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