Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Scores and Stats – May 29, 2022 Gametracker

MIAMI (AP) Not this time. Over the past five seasons, the Boston Celtics have made a breakthrough after being thwarted three more times on the doorstep of the NBA Finals.

Beast of the East, again.

Now for a chance to win an NBA championship.

Eastern Conference Finals MVP Jayson Tatum led with 26 points, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart scored 24 each, as the Celtics beat the Miami Heat 100-96 on Sunday night in a game against Golden State The Warriors earned a spot in the NBA Finals.

“It’s fantastic,” Smart said. “We finally got over it.”

It was Boston’s 7th win at another team’s home court since beating Milwaukee for the NBA championship in 1974; technically, when the Celtics beat Toronto in Game 7 two years ago It’s the “road” team, but that’s at Walt Disney World.

Tatum – wearing a purple and gold armband emblazoned with the number “24” of Los Angeles Lakers Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant, his favorite player – lost the Eastern Conference finals twice in his young career. Brown and Smart were part of Boston’s losses in the 2017, 2018 and 2020 Eastern Conference finals. And this one is slipping away, with Miami running wild in the closing minutes, throwing what seemed like a close Celtics victory into serious doubt.

But they will persevere. Jimmy Butler – again great for Miami – missed a 3-pointer that could have been the lead with 17 seconds left, and the Celtics never trailed.

Go to San Francisco.

“It means everything to get over this group,” Tatum said.

Butler took the Heat to Game 7 with 47 points on Friday in Boston, where he led the Heat with 35 points in what became their final game of the season. Bam Adebayo had 25 points for the Heat, who trailed by 11 with less than three minutes left before attempting one final rebound.

Max Strus hit a 3-pointer with 51 seconds left to give the Heat a 98-96 lead. They didn’t come close. Boston won’t be denied and is now 2-0 in Game 7 of these playoffs after beating defending champion Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

“It’s just one of those really tough times,” Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said. ”You can’t be prepared for this. …Speaking to the locker room after a game like this is one of the worst feelings in the world. ”

Kyle Lowry scored 15 points for the Heat. Grant Williams had 11 points for the Celtics.

The idea of ​​Boston making the finals was considered an unlikely proposition two or three months ago.

Ime Udoka’s first season as Celtics coach wasn’t without its big challenges. Boston, which started 2-5, fell below .500 in a Christmas loss to Milwaukee and was saddled with a losing record until late January.

In 50 games, the Celtics went 25-25. Not since the Houston Rockets started 22-28 in 1981 and ended up in the championship series, no team has done that in 50 games and made it to the NBA Finals — they lost to Boston.

Now the Celtics are hoping to do better than the Rockets. That Rockets went 40-42 into the playoffs. This Celtics team was roaring alive in the final moments and still roaring.

“Our focus is to add four more,” Udoka said.

They trailed 26-6 in the regular season and had an incredible ability to bounce back. Boston is now 13-1 after losing the past four-plus months.

“The road we got here, not a lot of people believed in us,” Tatum said. ”We took the hardest route. it looks too.

Boston leads 32-17 after the first quarter — 12 minutes into Game 7, the biggest lead ever for a road team, more than Golden State’s lead over the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1977 playoffs Big 4 points.

The tone is set, and leaders never give up.

Miami ended the half with an 11-2 run, with 3-pointers from Struth and Butler sparking an explosion before Lowry’s four free throws were capped in the final 29 seconds. Butler scored 24 points at halftime and Miami led 55-49 entering the third quarter.

Miami thought it was 56-54 when Struth rattled off a corner early in the third quarter. But the Celtics responded with a 9-1 run and it was even worse – the NBA replay center in Secaucus, N.J. thought Struth was out of bounds and his 3 went off the backboard as the game went on. Down, 56-54 games became 65-52.

“The Boston Celtics did what they came here to do in this series,” Butler said.

The Heat kept chasing, right to the end. They just can’t keep up with Boston.

“It’s heartbreaking when it ends like this,” Spoelstra said. ”You certainly have to praise the Boston Celtics organization, their team and their coaching staff. … we salute them. They are a basketball team.

And now, the Celtics are in the Finals.

“Today was the biggest test,” Brown said. “Not just the year, but our careers.”

They passed.

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Celtics: Derrick White had to leave early in the fourth quarter because he was bleeding in the head after being hit by Adebayo at the basket. … The Celtics became the first team to win three road games against Miami in the same playoff series.

Heat: Butler is the second NBA player to average this season. The other was Oklahoma City’s Georges Karazakis, who lost to the Los Angeles Clippers by 50 points. … Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro missed three games with a groin injury but was scoreless in seven minutes.

Game 7 History

Boston improved to 26-9 in Game 7. Miami trailed 6-5 in such a game and lost for the first time in five Game 7s at home under Spoelstra.

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According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Miami is 2.5 points behind at the start for the second time in the last 20 Game 7s — excluding the 2020 rematch, when all games are at Walt Disney World — and the home team doesn’t. Promising. The other is Houston in the 2018 Western Conference Finals; the injury-plagued Rockets lost 101-92 to the Golden State Warriors by 6.5 points.

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