Eastern Conference Game 5: Celtics Beat Heat 80-93
It was a feisty atmosphere in the Atlantic Conference finals of Game 5 when Miami Heat took on Boston Celtics. It was the fifth series of a seven-series game for who will play the NBA final when the East meets the West.
Miami Heat was missing their superstar forward Tyler Herro who missed Game 5 due to a groin injury he suffered from the last match, and it is not yet certain when he will make a return.
The first quarter was for the Florida side who won 19-17 and there was nothing the Celtics could do after the first buzzer. The second quarter was also dominated by the Heat who were well on course to win the game and put the Heat ahead, with two more conference finals to go.
However, there was a twist in the narrative as the Celtics began a fightback to get a result from the game following the introduction of AL Horford who helped out with 16 points and 7 rebounds. The third quarter ended 16-32, with the Celtics enjoying a whole new resurgence and Miami Heat looking like a shadow of themselves.
Heat guard Kyle Lowry sustained a knock previously but was still able to play for 25 minutes and had a rebound. He however failed to net or assist during his time on the court. The fourth quarter was a close affair, with Heat losing it by 22-24 but the damage was already done when they suffered a 16-point gap in the third quarter.
Bam Adebayo was definitely Heat’s best player last night as he scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds. Jimmy Butler also put up a good show, albeit not enough for a victory over the Celtics. He had 13 points and 6 rebounds as well as four assists. Teammate abe Vincent had 15 points and 2 rebounds in the game.
Jaylen Brown was a big phenomenon for the Celtics as he helped with 25 points and 6 rebounds, playing 40 minutes. Jayson Tatum and Al Horford also were the big steppers last night as Tatum scored 22 points and 12 rebounds while Horford netted 16 points and 7 rebounds.
The Massachusetts club currently lead in the series by 2-3. This is disappointing for Heat who had been leading in the series by 2-1 but unfortunately let the lead slip. Many fans have attributed this to injuries for certain players like Kyle Lowry and Tyler Herro. A win in the next game for Celtics will grant them a place in the final where they will meet their Pacific opponents.