The Boston Celtics did it again. They beat the Miami Heat again (110-97) to continue closing the gap in the series (2-3) and achieve an unprecedented feat in NBA history: come back from 3-0 against in the playoffs. After they forced the fifth game last Wednesday, those in green returned to do the same to stay alive in a tie that the Miami Heat resists.
The Celtics returned to show their best version in what was their fourth victory in these playoffs in games of life and death, and the pressure is mounting for the Heat, with Joe Mazzulla's men arriving in Miami on Saturday for the sixth game with wind in favor despite continuing down in the series. On this occasion Derrick White was the leading scorer with 24 points and a tremendous six of eight on triples.
Jayson Tatum with 21 points, eight rebounds and eleven assists and Jaylen Brown with 21 points also contributed to the triumph of the locals who led the match from the start and got an advantage that they did not let go. In the Heat, who still cannot count on Tyler Herro due to a broken hand and who could not field Gabe Vincent due to a sprained ankle, Jimmy Butler did not exceed 14 points and Bam Adebayo scored 16.
After the first quarter, the Miami team was already losing by 15 points and touched the 20 deficit in the second after suffering a new 12-3 (61-41). Dominant from start to finish, the men in green continued to hurt the Heat from three-point range, led by White, a sharpshooter, and Marcus Smart. The advantage reached 23 points and the Heat, despite 10 goals from Bam Adebayo, found no answers to contain the local momentum.
White finished his game with six of eight on three-pointers and was the top scorer for the Celtics who increased their lead to 24 points at 96-72. Faced with this circumstance, Mazzulla and Spoelstra rested their stars with their eyes already set on the sixth game, which caused a drop in concentration for those from Boston that those from Miami were able to take advantage of to get ten points away, although the duel had already been decided. .
A series that seemed already sentenced three days ago is now open, with the Celtics halfway towards a historical miracle that would bring them closer to the dream of becoming NBA champions for the 18th time in their history. To do this they must continue to reap victories and if they reach the Finals, they would face the Denver Nuggets who have been waiting for a rival for a few days.