Celtics de Boston
- Points: Jaylen Brown – 26
- Aides: Jayson Tatum – 11
- Rebonds: Jaylen Brown – 8
- Points: Bam Abebayo – 32
- Aides: Jimmy Butler – 8
- Rebonds: Bam Abebayo – 14
Lakers win best of seven series 4-2 to advance to NBA Finals
Bam Adebayo led the way with a career-high 32 points and 14 rebounds, while Game 5 hero Tyler Herro came back to life with 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as Miami booked their return to play. mistress of the NBA season.
Jimmy Butler added 22 points and Andre Iguodala scored a season 15 high as the Heat advanced to the final for the first time since 2014 – it is also the first time they will face the Lakers in the final of the NBA.
Miami reached five finals between 2006 and 2014, including four with LeBron James, who will be in front of them when the climax of this year’s NBA season kicks off on Wednesday night.
For Boston, chasing a first final appearance since 2010, Jaylen Brown led the way with 26 points, Jayson Tatum added 24-11 career assists while Marcus Smart and Kemba Walker tallied 20 points each.
However, that wasn’t enough to reverse a 3-1 deficit in the best of seven Eastern Conference Finals. Tatum had 12 points in the second quarter after a scoreless first in which the Celtics trailed up to nine, but his layup with 1:56 left gave Boston a 56-55 advantage, only for Miami to retaliate and lead 62 -60 at the break.
The Heat erased a six-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter when Herro netted a three-runner and added another bucket to tie the game at 96 with 7:40 to go.
But after leading most of the game, Miami again took the lead with 5:31 left as Daniel Theis fouled for Boston, leaving Adebayo to hit one of the two off the line.
The free kick started a 13-0 run to put the game aside for the Heat. Herro gave Miami the game’s first double-digit lead with 112-102 with 3:31 remaining, and the score was 116-102 before the Celtics took a drought of almost 4 minutes.
A 7-0 Celtics push at the end of the third quarter tied the game at 86-8 at the end of the third, but Goran Dragic’s basket with 26 seconds remaining helped Miami take a two-point lead before the last quarter where Boston wasn’t closer to 10 across the board.
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