Boston Celtics rebound and defeat Miami Heat in Game 7, to win the Eastern Conference title

MIAMI — Nothing more Boston Celtics It was a simple season. It stands to reason that making it to the NBA Finals would not be easy.

However, after a seven-game series against the Eastern Conference Finals, the final score was 2-1. Miami HeatThat is precisely where the Celtics are back to again.

A pair of fantastic games are behind this game. Jayson Tatum And Jaylen BrownBoston won its third game in the series at FTX Arena, beating the Heat 100-96. The victory was witnessed by a sold out crowd, who were captivated by the home team's exploits right up to the final seconds.

However, Boston was able to take revenge for Miami's victory in the matchup two years back. The win saw the Celtics advance to the NBA Finals, where they will face the Golden State Warriors. The series will premiere Thursday night at 9pm Eastern at ABC Chase Center in San Francisco.

However, it was exhausting to get there – down to nearly losing a 7-point lead with just a minute left. Jaylen brown was also charged after Boston made several mistakes in that last minute. Marcus Smart Tossing up a contested missed and Max Strus To pull Miami within 2 with 44 seconds remaining, I buried a 3-pointer. Jimmy Butler The series was outstanding, with an excellent performance in Game 6 and a spectacular finish to the series. With just 17 seconds remaining, the opportunity to take the lead was there.

But it didn't. With 11.4 seconds remaining, Smart made a couple of free points, and Boston was able to escape with its season intact, a trip to San Francisco, and a date with The Warriors.

The Celtics have made life difficult for themselves at every turn. This is despite the fact that Boston has been in this position since late January. The loss at TD Garden was the final straw. Portland Trail Blazers On Jan. 21, the Celtics, who were 23-24 at the time, had been playing.500 basketball longer than a season and a half, and had an offense that ranked amongst the bottom 10 in NBA.

Ime Udoka, Celtics coach, stated that “we weren't thinking that far down in the future honestly.” “We were thinking about getting well and understanding the system we were trying. We had glimpses of success, and we saw good things at times.

“We were very good against big teams. Some of the smaller teams suffered some losses. We were mostly competing against the top teams. This bode well for the future.

However, no one could have imagined what was to come. From that Portland loss until the end, Boston was considered the NBA's top team. It had a record of 28-7 and the NBA's highest offensive and defensive ratings by large margins. Boston's net rating was astonishingly high at 15.5 points per 100 possessions. This is almost twice as high as the national average. Memphis Grizzlies (8.1) in the second.

Boston went from being a team just trying to make it to the NBA's tournament spots to finish the season as No. 2 seed in Eastern Conference. The Celtics won the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn Nets He survived a seven game slugfest. Giannis Antetokounmpo The defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks to reach the sixth Eastern Conference finals, in the 11 previous seasons.

Udoka expressed his belief that “we finally flipped the script”, and that they were able to get healthy at the right moment.

“Here,” was in the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Heat. This team has grown to the point of the Los Angeles Lakers And Philadelphia 76ers This historic franchise has a long list of foes. This is the fifth playoff appearance between the two teams in 13 years, including the East Finals for the third time.

It was a series of topsy-turvy games that saw each team win twice on their home court during the first six games. Boston won Games 2 and 5, here at FTX Arena, while the Heat won Games 3 and 6 at TD Garden.

However, unlike two-years ago when the teams met in Eastern Conference finals within the NBA's bubble in Walt Disney World Resorts, and Miami came out victorious in six of the six games, this year it was the Celtics that escaped with their season intact after being pushed to absolute brink by Heat. This was thanks to Jimmy Butler's incredible 47-point, 9 rebound, 8-assist performance in Game 6, which sent this series back to the NBA for a Game 7.

In Game 7, Boston won despite Miami's strong start on the road. The Celtics kept the Heat without a field goal for over three minutes and then jumped to a 20-7 lead midway through the first quarter with a straightaway 3-pointer by Jayson Tatum. After Miami had pulled back to within 9 points, Boston closed the quarter with an 8-2 run to give the Celtics a 32-17 advantage.

Boston continued to use the same strategy that allowed it to consistently throttle the Heat when it played well in the series: by playing suffocating defensive at one end and not turning over the ball at the other. Particularly, the Celtics were successful when Boston managed to keep the ball in the series. Boston was the one who took care of this game's ball.

The Celtics were able to take an early lead by only committing two first quarter turnovers. And they played crisp basketball to keep their advantage. Jimmy Butler also had a great performance in these playoffs to keep Miami in touch.

Butler couldn't find anyone else, unfortunately. Bam Adebayo To join the fun. Heat players who weren't named Adebayo or Butler were combined 3-for-16 from field in the first quarter.

Still, after Derrick White Hit a 3-pointer at 4:30 in the second half to put Boston up 50-34. The Heat then closed the half on a 15-5 win — which included three on the floor fouls with Boston to make the bonus within the final minute that turned into five free points — to pull to within 55-50 at the break.

The Heat won despite the struggles of Butler. It was a pleasant score. The home crowd was happy and cheered, which gave life to a Miami team who, earlier in half, seemed like it was barely hanging on.

Like in the first half the Celtics opened the third with a strong start. The Celtics were able to speed up the game in the third quarter after Miami had kept Boston at a slow pace for the second quarter.

Even though Boston controlled play for the most part of the quarter and the Celtics had taken a 7-point lead at the end, thanks to Adebayo, Butler, and their continued success, the score had not changed.

When the Heat opened the fourth period with a pair if baskets to reduce the deficit to 82 to79, Ime Udoka, Celtics coach called a quick stop with just 10 minutes 56 seconds remaining. The entire crowd stood and chanted.

After the timeout, both teams returned to court and the Celtics used their defense again to take control of the arena. Boston scored eight straight points to extend the lead to double-digits for the Heat, who remained without a point for four minutes.

The Heat continued to fight valiantly but ran out of gas. They were the latest team to be beaten down by the physicality and power of the Celtics in a seven-game series.

But not by the narrowest margins.

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