The Boston Celtics were already under a lot of pressure after three opening losses in the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA playoffs against the Miami Heat, but now they are getting better from game to game. The Celtics won Game 5 at TD Garden 110-97 to cut their four-game deficit to 2-3.
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The Boston Celtics got their second win against the Miami Heat in the East Finals and still have a chance to reach the NBA Grand Finals. So far, in the history of the NBA, it has not yet happened that a team that was behind by 0:3 in victories would advance after seven games. “It started with good defense, we had good intensity there. We had fun today. We were the team that played stronger today,” he said Jaylen Brown, who scored 21 points for Boston and was one of four local players with at least 20 points. He was the most successful Derrick White with 24 points, Marcus Smart he added 23, Jayson Tatum as well as Brown 21.”The only thing that can stop us is ourselves. We were the stronger team tonight, we set the pace of the game right from the start,” Brown added in the postgame conversation on the court.
The Celtics never trailed in Game 5 of the conference finals and even built a 24-point lead. Meanwhile, they couldn’t find a rhythm in the heat against the much better assembled hosts, Miami’s first scorer was Duncan Robinsonwho scored 18 points off the bench, Bam Adebayo they were collected by the 16th Miami Talisman Jimmy Butler had a lot of trouble this time; he scored just eight points in the first half and finished with 14 total, his worst game of the playoffs. He sat on the bench for most of the last quarter. “We just have to play better,” Butler said. “Start the game better, make it harder for them to get to the basket. They were in rhythm from the start of the match. Nevertheless, we remain positive because we know that we can and will win this series. We’ll just have to finish it at home.The sixth game will be on Sunday night CET in Miami.
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In the final, the winner of the Eastern Conference is already waiting for the Western Conference champions Denver Nuggets, whose member is also a Slovenian Vlatko Čančar. Namely, Denver eliminated the Los Angeles Lakers with a 4-0 victory thanks to the outstanding performances of Nikola Jokić, who also became the MVP of the Western playoffs.
Result, Playoffs, Conference Finals:
– Eastern Conference:
Boston Celtics – Miami Heat 110:97
– Miami leads 3-2 in wins;
* Note: In the playoffs, teams play for four wins.