NBA Playoffs: Boston Celtics win match points

The Boston Celtics got a match point in the Eastern Conference Finals and beat the Miami Heat 93-80 in Game 5. In a defensive exhaustion game, it was the visitors who found their rhythm in the third quarter. Miami, on the other hand, threw ticket after ticket from the perimeter.

A paltry 15.6 percent hit the Heat from distance (7/45), so it did not help that they threw the basket 23 times more often thanks to 18 offensive rebounds. 31.9 percent from the field were also shockingly weak. Aside from Bam Adebayo (18, 8/15 FG, 10 rebounds) there was a bit. Jimmy Butler needed 18 throws for 13 points (4/18 FG) and broke 40 minutes despite knee problems. Nor did anything come from the other starters as Kyle Lowry (0, 0/6 FG) or Max Strus (4, 0/9 FG), Gabe Vincent (15) and Duncan Robinson (11) did better.

The Celtics, who improved their playoff record on the road to 6-2, were led by their star duo Jaylen Brown (25, 10/19 FG) and Jayson Tatum (22, 7/20 FG, 12 rebounds and 9 assists), with former . plays especially a strong second half. Otherwise, only Al Horford (16) and Derrick White (14) scored double figures. Robert Williams III excelled defensively (6 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks). Daniel Theis did not see a few minutes in the garbage time either.

While Marcus Smart (white on the bench for him) and Williams III (no minute limits despite knee problems) were in good time for the Celtics, sixth man Tyler Herro (groin) missed the second game in a row in the Heat. Still available were Lowry, Strus, Vincent and PJ Tucker, all of whom were listed as questionable. Before the start of the match, there was a minute of silence for the victims of the shooting in the primary school in Uvalde / Texas.

After the 82-102 debacle in Game 4, the Heat had to react. Although they snatched a couple of offensive rebounds, they missed several layups, so Williams III brought the first points to the scoreboard after more than two minutes via tip-in. Tatum held on to his shoulder early, Smart had to make two errors after three minutes. Adebayo woke Miami up with a setback. At the Celtics, White was eye-catching. The hosts came in front with five points in a row and the energy was right. After twelve minutes, the South Beach team had 19:17 in a game with few points.

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