Led by A Jason Tatum on fire, Boston Celtics won on Tuesday night Miami Heat for 116-99 and avoided a quick elimination in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. The series is 3-1 in favor of the franchise led by Erik Spölstrathat this Thursday he will be looking for a victory that will allow him to settle the series and advance to the last resort in search of the ring.
If they do, the Heat will become the second team in history to reach the Finals after finishing eighth in the regular season, even though in their case they had to make it through the play-ins to enter the playoffs. The only one to do so so far has been New York Knicks in 1999, although he later lost the title to san antonio spurs.
The main reason the Celtics are still alive has a first and last name: Jayson Tatum. He not only drove victory with 34 points, but also dished seven assists and grabbed 11 rebounds in 42 minutes on the court. In the ranking of the team’s top scorers, they were followed by Jaylen Brown (17), Derrick White (16), Grant Williams (14), Al Horford (12 e Mark Smart (eleven).
“We were 3-0 down, so we didn’t put too much pressure on ourselves. We tried to play one game at a time. We didn’t expect to win four tonight, just we were trying to save ours season and win tonight, and we did it,” Tatum said after the game.
He added: “I think in every series we’ve had good shots, but it’s a hit-and-miss league, sometimes they just don’t get in. But we played with pace and determination tonight.”
For his part, Jimmy Butler, Miami’s big figure, converted 29 points. However, it was irregular from the perimeter and hit just one of four 3-pointers he attempted. That same ineffectiveness weighed on the Heat, who made just 8 of 32 3-point shots. Instead, Boston hit 19 of 45 triples.
The next match will be played from 21:30 (Argentina time) this Thursday at the TD Garden. Boston will be looking to get strong at home and get a win that allows them to dream of extending the definition and taking it to game seven.
The truth is, until now, neither franchise could bounce back from starting an 0-3 series. That’s why Miami is thrilled to advance to the Finals and get the fourth ring in its history, after those achieved in 2006, 2012 and 2013.
The winner of this series will meet in the NBA Finals against the Denver Nuggets From Nikola Jokicwho beat 4-0 at Los Angeles Lakers by LeBron James to earn the right to play in their first ever final. In addition to the Serbian pivot, he also stands out Jamal Murraydecisive in the series against the Lakers.
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