NBA Playoffs: Boston Celtics tear down Miami Heat

The Boston Celtics gave an impressive response in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Jayson Tatum and the dominant defense crushed the Heat in a 102-82 victory. Historic disgrace paid tribute to Miami as the series now stood tied at 2-2.

Tatum led his colors with 31 points (8/16 FG, 14/16 FT), 8 rebounds and 5 assists. In addition, Payton Pritchard (14), the strong Derrick White (13, 8 rebounds and 6 assists) and Robert Williams and Jaylen Brown (12 each) scored double digits. Al Horford also had a strong game (5, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks), while Daniel Theis was only able to collect 4 points and 3 boards in the extended garbage time.

Boston made it clear from the first minute who would emerge victorious from this match and dominated the entire 48 minutes. The Celtics pulled away to 32 points, the defense kept Miami’s starter at just 18 points. There was also far too little to see for Jimmy Butler (6, 3/14 FG) or Bam Adebayo (9 and 6 rebounds). The only ray of hope was Victor Oladipo, who became the team’s top scorer with 23 points.

Both teams had to accept staff setbacks a few hours before the start of the match. On the Heat side, Tyler Herro (Bar) was out, but Butler showed up fit. On the one hand, Boston was happy with Robert Williams’ return to start five, but the Celts had to do without DPOY Marcus Smart after his ankle injury in match 3. White moved into the top five.

And what a start from White who had been completely pale in the previous series. He was aggressive from the start and marked Boston’s first 7 points, but the other nine men on the field did not do so well. Brown, who generally did not have a lucky hand offensively (5/20 FG), missed his first 5 throws, Miami starting against the strong Celtics defense with 0/14 from the field.

Celtics dominate game 4: Wind against Miami is never in danger

In addition to White, Tatum now also entered the match, the home team dominated the initial phase with 18: 1. With 3:22 left in the first quarter, Miami finally got their first field goal, but that did not change a disastrous episode – 29:11 Boston.

Oladipo (18 of the 33 heatpoints in the first half) felt like the only reason Miami was no longer behind, even early in the second quarter. But Tatum worked hard very good finishes in the zone, and then created an open three for Grant Williams, who made it +24. Boston’s lead later grew to 27 points and it was 57:33 at the break.

There was no sign of a comeback for the Heat even after the switch. Instead, Horford continued to attack the opponent with several strong defensive games, and Boston increased to +32. The air was relatively fast out of this game, it was almost incomprehensible why, among others, Tatum or Adebayo were still on the field at all. 76:52 after three rounds.

Horford still relied on his strong performance a cherry on top, when he smashed Caleb Martin badly. Nearly nine minutes before the end of the day, the veteran and Tatum ended their day, and Miami finally hoisted the white flag. Match 5 in Miami is scheduled for Thursday night.

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