The Boston Celtics returned to the TD Garden for their fifth game and took advantage of the energy provided by the fans gathered in the Boston arena. Good play from both sides of the floor by Joe Mazzulli’s players translated into a strong lead and consequently the C’s second win in the Eastern Conference finals. The Miami Heat have good reason to be concerned about their series lead.
BOSTON CELTICS – MIAMI HEAT 110:97 (2-3)
- Due to an ankle injury, he was out of play for Miami Heat Gabe Vincentwhich was a big problem for the offensive quality of the team Erika Spoelstra. Boston Celtics they started exactly as they wished. Run 15:5 after three Jaylen Brown and two consecutive three-pointers Marcus Smart forced the Heat to take a time-out. The visitors quickly fell into a double-digit hole and this introduced a lot of nervousness into their game, manifested in unprepared throws and turnovers.
- The Celtics, on the other hand, did what they liked in the attack – either they enforced a three-point on good efficiency, or aggressively attacked painted, where Bam Adebayo he was unable to stop them as the defenders dragged him to the perimeter. In the second quarter Heat’s 9:2 run and descent to -11 suggested that it might be possible to avoid a blow-out in this match. However, it was the C’s who dealt the cards and went into the break with a 61:44 lead. The Celtics defense responded well to the Heat’s positional attack. The guests were completely disappointed by the leaders – Adebayo and Jimmy Butler.
- In the third quarter, the home team’s lead grew to +20 points and TD Garden started an early celebration of their second victory in the players’ series Joe Mazzulli. We started the final 12 minutes with a 90:72 lead for the Celtics. The Heat were disorganized and conceding a lot of balls (16 losses). There was no indication that they would return to the competition in this match. With every passing minute, the locals were getting closer to the second step. The Miami Heat finally waved the white flag and the teams will meet in Miami in two days.
- The Heat did not lead at any stage of this match. Only 14 points (5/10 from the field), five rebounds and five assists from Jimmy Butler. 16 points (8/15 from field), eight rebounds, three assists from Bam Adebayo. Heat tried to pull from the bench Duncan Robinson – 18 points (7/10 field, 2/3 three-pointers), nine assists. For the Celtics, in turn, 24 points (8/11 from the field, 6/8 from three) Derrick White and another 23 points (7/12 from field, 4/6 from three-pointers), Jaylen Brown’s five steals and 21 points (8/16 from field), eight rebounds and 11 assists Jayson Tatum.
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