Boston tied the game with two wins in the NBA Eastern Conference play-off finals beating Miami (102-82) at home on Monday, thanks to 31 points from Jayson Tatum. Game 5 of this best of seven series is Wednesday in Miami. Both teams go head-to-head in this conference finals, as Boston had already responded to Miami’s inaugural success (118-107) by winning (127-102) in Florida in Game 2, before the Heat took the lead going in triumph in Boston (109-103) on Saturday.
This time it was once again Jayson Tatum who sounded the alarm for the Celtics adding also eight rebounds and five assists to his points list. He was well supported by Payton Pritchard (14 points), Derrick White (13), Jaylen Brown and Robert Williams (12 points each), but also by Al Horford, who set the tone in defense with 13 rebounds and four blocks. Miami’s starting five was completely wiped out, with none of its members reaching the top ten.
“We redeemed ourselvesTatum rejoiced. We knew we had to make such a match, to stay master at home. For now, this is a monster in this series. Now it’s the best of the three, we will be ready for game 5 out“Miami coach Erik Spoelstra, for his part, regrets his team’s failed start to the game, from which they never recovered.”They took us by the throathe appreciated. They have improved us. We never managed to take control of the game.“Boston made the difference in the first two quarters, especially causing a terrible result 29-11 for the Heat in the first 12 minutes.
Miami was particularly clumsy on the kick (only 27.5% success at the end of the first two quarters), as its top scorer Jimmy Butler who scored just six points in just over 27 minutes in the game, two days after deprived of the second part. of game 3 due to his recurrent inflammation of the knee. It was an off-bench player, Victor Oladipo, who finished as the Heat top scorer with 23 points. After the first half, Boston pulled into the accelerator to have a 32-point lead in the third quarter (69-37) before crossing to the finish.