Miami, Fla.- When an NBA Playoff series is tied 2-2, the team that wins Game 5 wins 82% of the time. That those odds play in their favor awaits the Boston Celtics, who defeated the Miami Heat in Florida 93-80 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals and were barely one step away from the NBA Finals.
In the first part the story was even, with the two teams disconnected in attack, something that has already been seen in this duel between two of the best defenses in the NBA. However, Boston, which had only managed 37 points in the first half and was down five points at halftime, scored 32 points in the third quarter and escaped a Miami that never reacted on the offensive end.
Jaylen Brown scored 25 points, going 5-for-9 from 3-point range and for his part made almost as many shots from the perimeter as all of Miami who accumulated a 7-45, one of the main factors to be sentenced to a tough loss at home. . Jayson Tatum, despite a sore shoulder, was on the verge of a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists.
Al Horford stood out with 16 points, 7 rebounds and his defense, Marcus Smart returned to action with 5 points in 25 minutes being looked after by Ime Udoka and Derrick White (14 points and 5 assists) was the X factor of the game from the bench , with significant income in the first half.
Miami Heat, again without Tyler Herro due to injury, had a version of Jimmy Butler diminished in the physical part (13 points with 4-18 from the field and 4 assists), a zero contribution from Kyle Lowry with zero points (0-6 field) and zero assists in 25 minutes and Max Strus struggled with the hoop (4 points, 0-7 in triples).
Bam Adebayo was their leading scorer with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Gabe Vincent with 15 points and Duncan Robinson with 11 points (he converted three of Miami’s seven three-pointers) were an important spark off the bench that served to continue competing until Brown and Tatum unlocked the Celtics’ attack, which eventually led by 23 points.
For the first time in the entire season, the Miami Heat accumulates two games without being able to score more than 100 points: it happens just at a key moment.
The series will continue on Friday, May 27 in Boston.