Boston poured in 16 three-pointers in a dominant 110-97 victory over the Miami Warmth on Thursday that stored the Celtics alive within the NBA championship chase.
For the second straight sport, the Celtics fended off elimination, chopping the deficit within the best-of-seven Japanese Convention finals to 3-2 with the wire-to-wire triumph.
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Miami will get one other probability to shut it out once they host sport six on Saturday. The Celtics will probably be attempting to take another step towards changing into the primary NBA crew to rally from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven playoff collection.
“The one factor that may cease us is us,” Celtics ahead Jaylen Brown stated in an on-court interview.
Earlier than a rapturous, raucous crowd at TD Backyard in Boston, the Celtics seemed each inch the favourites they have been earlier than the collection began — earlier than the upstart eighth-seeded Warmth grabbed the primary two video games in Boston, then embarrassed the second seeds in sport three.
4 Celtics starters scored greater than 20 factors, with Derrick White main the way in which with 24 on an evening when he made six of eight makes an attempt from three-point vary.
“Obtained some beauty and was capable of knock them down, and simply form of rolled with it,” stated White, who stated the Warmth’s defensive deal with Brown and fellow star wing Jayson Tatum gave him extra room to function.
Marcus Sensible added 23 and had 5 steals whereas Brown and Tatum scored 21 apiece.
Extra importantly, the energetic Celtics harried the Warmth into 16 turnovers that led to 27 Boston factors.
That they had 17 second-chance factors in comparison with Miami’s seven.
“Tonight we have been the more durable taking part in crew,” Brown stated. “We set the tone from begin to end.”
Boston was locked in on each ends of the ground from the opening tip-off, roaring to a 23-7 lead in a matter of minutes.
After Tatum was whistled for a technical foul with 8:43 within the first quarter, the Celtics responded with three consecutive three-pointers.
Tatum scored 12 factors within the first quarter and Brown took over with 12 within the second.
In the meantime, Warmth talisman Jimmy Butler struggled to get going, scoring eight factors within the first half and ending with 14 — his lowest-scoring sport of the playoffs. He sat out a lot of the fourth quarter.
Duncan Robinson led the Warmth with 18 factors off the bench. Bam Adebayo scored 16 factors however coughed up six turnovers.
Kyle Lowry beginning at level guard after Gabe Vincent was dominated out with a sprained ankle, scored 5 factors with 4 turnovers.
“We’ve simply received to play higher,” Butler stated. “Begin the sport off higher, on the starters, make it harder for them.
“They’re in a rhythm because the starting of the sport,” Butler added. “However we’re all the time going to remain constructive, realizing that we are able to and we’ll win this collection. We’ll simply have to shut it out at residence.”
Butler stated the Warmth allowed their taking pictures struggles to have an effect on their defensive depth.
“However that’s simply correctable,” he stated. “You simply have to come back out and play more durable from the bounce.”
The Warmth, who gained the NBA title in 2006, 2012 and 2013, nonetheless solely want another win to achieve a seventh NBA Finals.
Boston, whose 17 NBA titles are tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for essentially the most in historical past, final gained all of it in 2008 and got here up quick in final season’s championship collection towards the Golden State Warriors.
The winners of the collection will play the Western Convention champion Denver Nuggets, who swept the Lakers in 4 video games to achieve the NBA Finals for the primary time.
White stated the Celtics anticipate a formidable problem in Miami on Saturday.
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“The group goes to be in it. It’s not going to be simple,” he stated. “It’s going to take 48 minutes of battling, scratching, clawing, and we’ve received to discover a solution to win.”
Warmth coach Erik Spoelstra was unconcerned that two massive defeats had demoralized his crew.
“Who cares about temper?” Spoelstra stated. “Now we have a gnarly group. It’s a aggressive collection. You all the time anticipate issues to be difficult within the convention finals.”
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