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Sport Back to the Finals: Heat oust Celtics, move to title series

11:21  28 september  2020
11:21  28 september  2020 Source:   ap.org

Comeback Heat do it again, rally past Celtics for 2-0 lead

  Comeback Heat do it again, rally past Celtics for 2-0 lead LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Down by 14 in Game 1, the Miami Heat found a way. © APWF Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) celebrates after sinking a basket against the Boston Celtics during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Down by 17 in Game 2, they did it again Thursday night. And after making the Boston Celtics lose another big lead on the court - as well as their cool in the postgame locker room - the unheralded Heat are two wins away from the NBA Finals.

The Heat are going to the NBA Finals -- surprising many, perhaps, but not themselves. The Celtics and Heat were getting some support from afar before Game 6. Celtics coach Brad Stevens was pleased to hear video of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick signing off from his postgame

The Miami Heat advanced to the NBA Finals with more signature performances from Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, beating Heat oust Celtics emphatically, advance to Finals . Game 1 of that series is Wednesday night. Tyler Herro scored 19 points, Duncan Robinson and Andre Iguodala each had 15

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: The Miami Heat celebrate their NBA conference final playoff basketball game win over the Boston Celtics with the Eastern Final trophy Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) © APARC The Miami Heat celebrate their NBA conference final playoff basketball game win over the Boston Celtics with the Eastern Final trophy Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) It was exactly one year ago Sunday when Jimmy Butler walked into the Miami Heat practice gym, took a seat on a makeshift stage and said he wanted to be part of the team's next title run.

He'll have that chance.

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Back to the Finals : Heat oust Celtics , move to title series .

And when the Heat went back to man-to-man, the Celtics took Adebayo away from the basket. The Celtics ' 21 restricted-area buckets in Game 3 came This is kind of the opposite of the Toronto-Boston series , where both teams were continually trying to figure out how to score against the other.

The Heat are going to the NBA Finals - surprising many, perhaps, but not themselves. Bam Adebayo scored a season-high 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Butler scored 22 points and the Heat won the Eastern Conference finals for the sixth time by topping the Boston Celtics 125-113 on Sunday night.

''A great series. It was so competitive,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''I mean, in many ways, this was a seven-game series, just how competitive it was. Extremely well-coached and well-put together and we are just honored to be a part of that type of series in the conference finals, and then we get an opportunity for the next stage. Our guys will look forward to it. We're going to try to enjoy it for a night.''

The Heat won the series 4-2 - and now, waiting on that next stage to decide the NBA title, are LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is Wednesday night.

Celtics top Heat 117-106, cut East finals deficit to 2-1

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Herro and the Heat seem to be putting those tips to good use. They’re one win from the NBA Finals , leading the Boston Celtics 3-1 in this East title series with Game 5 — the possible clincher — awaiting Friday night Back to Gallery. There was no celebratory tones at the optional Heat practice Thursday.

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Tyler Herro scored 19 points, Duncan Robinson and Andre Iguodala each had 15 and Goran Dragic added 13 for the Heat.

''We deserve to be here,'' Dragic said.

Jaylen Brown scored 26 points, Jayson Tatum had 24 and a career-high 11 assists, and Marcus Smart and Kemba Walker each scored 20 points for Boston - which fell in the East finals for the third time in the last four seasons.

''Miami deserves a lot of credit,'' Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. ''They're super physical, super tough, very, very savvy. I think they're the best team in the East and deserve to be representing the East in the way that they have played.''

Miami was down by six early in the fourth before regaining control. A 6-0 burst - Herro had the last five of those points, needing only 31 seconds to do so - tied it at 96. Boston took the lead twice more, with Adebayo answering both times, first with a dunk, then a go-ahead three-point play with 6:16 left.

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Heat oust Celtics emphatically, advance to Finals . When Game 5 was finally over, the Celtics had woken from their slumber, outlasting Miami 121-108 to narrow the Heat 's series lead to 3-2. "We didn't play our defense, we did adjustments and we just went back to our system the way we played

He smacked the floor in celebration.

It's like they knew what was coming. They never trailed again. Herro had a pair of baskets in a 9-0 burst that put the Heat up by 10, Adebayo found Butler for a layup and a 116-102 lead everyone on the Heat bench was on their feet.

a man holding a basketball: Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo (13) slams home a backward dunk during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) © APWF Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo (13) slams home a backward dunk during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

''This means everything,'' Herro said.

And before long, all the Celtics could do was offer their congratulations.

''Regrets, I don't have any,'' Walker said. ''I don't have any, man. I thought we fought hard. A lot of credit to Miami. Those guys are really good.''

Jayson Tatum holding a football ball: Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo (13) hugs Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum, right, after the Heat's win over the Celtics in a NBA conference final playoff basketball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) © APWF Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo (13) hugs Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum, right, after the Heat's win over the Celtics in a NBA conference final playoff basketball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Heat are the only NBA franchise with six Finals appearances in the last 15 years. They're seeking their fourth title, and this chance didn't come easily.

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Celtics win 121-108 over Heat in Game 5 on East finals . The Boston Celtics ’ Jayson Tatum had 31 points and 10 rebounds in Game 5 on Friday night. Brown made back - to - back threes in the fourth quarter to turn an eight-point lead into a 103-89 margin with 8:05 left, and things weren’t in doubt again.

The Heat had a 5-for-5 stretch from 3-point range in the first quarter, but otherwise struggled again from beyond the arc in the first half. They were 6 for 14 from deep in the first 24 minutes, Boston was 11 for 23 before the break and the Heat took a 62-60 lead into halftime.

And the margin remained two going into the fourth.

Iguodala's fourth 3-pointer - in as many attempts - with 4:20 left in the third put the Heat up eight, before Brown had five points in a 10-2 Boston spurt to tie it. Dragic had a go-ahead layup on Miami's final shot of the quarter and it was 88-86 Heat with 12 minutes remaining.

The Celtics scored 10 of the first 12 points of the fourth, going up 96-90. From there, all Miami.

The Heat scored 35 of the game's final 52 points. The game was theirs. So was the silver trophy that conference champions get.

''Four more,'' Adebayo said. ''That's what matters.''

TIP-INS

Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo, on the court, celebrates with a teammate after their win over the Boston Celtics in a NBA conference final playoff basketball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) © APWF Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo, on the court, celebrates with a teammate after their win over the Boston Celtics in a NBA conference final playoff basketball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Celtics: Tatum took 15 shots in the first half, the first time in his 270-game career that he's done that. He had taken 14 on four other occasions. ... Tatum's top four assist-total games of his career have come in the bubble.

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a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo, right, hugs Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker (8) as Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, top left, greets Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens after the Heat's win over the Celtics in an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) © APWF Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo, right, hugs Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker (8) as Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, top left, greets Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens after the Heat's win over the Celtics in an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Heat: The Heat are now guaranteed no less than $4,399,686 for their playoff share, and that number would rise to $5,791,041 if they win the title. ... Udonis Haslem is the only player to be on all six Heat teams that have made the finals.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: The Miami Heat celebrate their NBA conference final playoff basketball game win over the Boston Celtics with the Eastern Final trophy Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) © APWF The Miami Heat celebrate their NBA conference final playoff basketball game win over the Boston Celtics with the Eastern Final trophy Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

WALKER VS. HEAT

Walker has been to the playoffs three times, and his team has been eliminated by Miami in all three of those appearances - with three different nicknames. Charlotte was still the Bobcats when the Heat swept them in the 2014 first round, the Heat rallied to beat Charlotte's then-rebranded Hornets in seven games in the 2016 first round, and now this win over the Celtics.

a group of people standing on a basketball court: Miami Heat's Meyers Leonard celebrates his teams basket during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) © APWF Miami Heat's Meyers Leonard celebrates his teams basket during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

CROSS-SPORT SUPPORT

The Celtics and Heat were getting some support from afar before Game 6. Celtics coach Brad Stevens was pleased to hear video of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick signing off from his postgame news conference Sunday by saying ''good luck to Brad and the Celtics tonight. We'll be pulling for them.'' And at the Miami Marlins' regular season finale, outfielder Lewis Brinson had a Butler jersey (in the popular Heat `Vice' theme) underneath his game jersey.

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a group of people standing in front of a basketball game: Miami Heat's Tyler Herro (14) and Miami Heat's Andre Iguodala (28) celebrate during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game against the Boston Celtics Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) © APWF Miami Heat's Tyler Herro (14) and Miami Heat's Andre Iguodala (28) celebrate during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game against the Boston Celtics Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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