The record champions beat the Miami Heat game 6 of the final series in the East in the last second with 104:103 and managed to equalize to 3:3 with the third win in a row.
After three converted free throws by Jimmy Butler (24 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists), Miami looked like the sure winner three seconds before the end, before Boston’s Derrick White with the final siren a misthrow by Marcus Smart in the basket brought under and thus tilted the game again.
So the 17-times champion now has a historic achievement in store. Should Boston also win the decisive seventh game, the East Coast team would be the first in NBA history to turn over a 3-0 deficit in the playoffs. The Celtics can play in front of a home crowd on Tuesday night.
The opponents in the final from Boston or Miami have been fixed for almost a week. In the duel for the Western Conference crown, the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 4-0.
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