The Miami Heat upset the Boston Celtics 111-103 on Friday night, extending the Eastern Conference finals to a crucial seventh game thanks to Jimmy Butler’s 47 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists.
NBA Playoffs: Jimmy Butler Thwarts Heat’s Game 7 Comeback Against Celtics!!
When LeBron James scored 45 points in Game 6 of the Conference Finals in Boston to help the Heat escape elimination and secure their first back-to-back NBA championships, Butler had 17 points in the fourth quarter to outscore him and send the series back to Miami.
The Miami Heat will reach the NBA finals for the second time in three years if they win Sunday’s game at home.
Jimmy Butler Scuppered The Heat’s Game 7 Comeback Against The Celtics!!
After winning Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat on Sunday at FTX Arena, the Boston Celtics advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. It will be the Celtics’ first appearance in the NBA Finals since 2010.
In the last seconds of the game, Jimmy Butler had the opportunity to equalize the score, but he settled for a 3-point shot rather than driving to the basket. A potential comeback for the Heat was derailed as Butler’s long-range attempt was unsuccessful.
Following an 11-0 run of scoring by the other team, Miami’s Max Strus scored from beyond the three-point line with only fifty seconds remaining in the game to cut their deficit to two points. After that, Butler decided against going for the tie rather than attempting the triple.
Smart clinched the win with two free throws in the last minute of play, giving him 24 points for the game. In addition, Jaylen Brown scored 24 points, while Jayson Tatum contributed 26 points while also grabbing ten rebounds to lead the squad.
The Larry Bird Most Valuable Player Award Goes To Jayson Tatum!
Tatum, a member of the Celtics, was appropriately crowned the most valuable player in the Larry Bird Eastern Conference Finals. If Butler had completed the hat trick, he would have been the award winner and tied for the most points in the game with 35.
Throughout this victory, Boston had a lead of up to 17 points at one time. With the last shot, Butler had the potential to give Miami its first lead of the game, but a layup would have knotted the score for the first time in the game’s history.
After playing in his 141st career playoff game, Al Horford has earned a spot in the NBA Finals for the first time. The previous record for most postseason games played without advancing to the championship round was held by Horford, who also led the team in rebounds with 14.
Bam Adebayo and Kyle Lowry contributed 15 points to the scoring total for the Heat. At the same time, Tyler Herro, who had missed the previous three games due to an injury, was limited to just seven minutes of action. The NBA Finals begin on Thursday, June 2, with the Celtics taking on the Golden State Warriors, and the game is slated to begin at tip-off.
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