PAP / EPA / CJ GUNTHER / In the photo: Al Horford (with the ball)
May 26, 2023, 07:38
The Boston Celtics are looking to do something no one has ever done before – come back from 0-3 in the playoffs. So far, they are on the best way to do that – they just won the second match in a row, again convincingly – this time 110:97.
The Celtics defended their home court on Thursday and avoided elimination for the fourth time in these playoffs. They came back from 2-3 against the Philadelphia 76ers with a 4-3 win, and are now on the verge of leveling the series with the Miami Heat, having already lost 3-0.
The Bostonians left no illusions to their rivals. The guests did not lead in the TD Garden hall even for a moment. Already the first quarter ended with the score 35:20, and after three sets it was 90:72.
The Celtics finally triumphed 110:97 and in the series to four victories, it is only 3-2 for the team from Florida.
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Derrick White scored 24 points on 6-of-8 3-pointers. “We did everything necessary to win,” he later told a press conference.
Marcus Smart had 23 points while Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown added 21 points each. The winger also recorded eight rebounds and 11 assists with his name. The Celtics hit 16 of their 39 attempts from behind the arc.-
Coach Erik Spoelstra, considering the course of the meeting, gave his leaders a rest – Jimmy Butler scored 14 points in 34 minutes, and Edrice Adebayo spent two minutes less on the court, noting 16 points, eight rebounds, but also six losses.
“We haven’t been ourselves in the last two games,” Butler told the media. “We can still win this series and we will,” the Heat star said.
The sixth game of the series, this time in Miami, will take place on the night from Saturday to Sunday at. 2:30 Polish time.
Boston Celtics – Miami Heat 110:97 (35:20, 26:24, 29:28, 20:25)
(White 24, Smart 23, Tatum 21, Brown 21 – Robinson 18, Adebayo 16, Highsmith 15, Butler 14, Martin 14)
Series Status: 3-2 for Heat
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