(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Seol Ha-eun = NBA Boston Celtics once again succeeded in counterattacking and took the Eastern Conference Finals to Game 6.
Boston beat the Miami Heat 110-97 in the home game of Game 5 of the 2022-2023 NBA Eastern Conference Finals (4 wins from 7 matches) held at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on the 26th (Korean time).
Boston, second in the regular league, which had been driven to the brink of elimination by dedicating games 1 to 3 to Miami, succeeded in counterattacking consecutively in games 4 and 5, making the series 2-3 and advancing the match to the 6th game.
Miami, which advanced to the playoffs as the 8th seed and advanced to the conference finals, was unable to win 2 games in a row even after winning 3 games in a row.
Never in NBA history has a team gone 3-0 in the playoffs allowed a comeback.
However, Boston is recovering its confidence little by little and continuing its hopes of advancing to the championship game.
Both teams will move to the Kaseya Center in Miami, Florida on the 28th to play the 6th game.
Boston did not allow Miami a single turnaround until the end of the game after the first quarter was 35-20.
Boston exploded 3 points and 16 rooms, dominating Miami, which only had 9.
In the middle of the 4th quarter, the score difference between the two teams widened to nearly 20 points, and as the weight of the game tilted completely, the key players of both teams went to the bench.
Derek White, who scored 24 points, led the victory with a 75% 3-point shooting success rate (6 out of 8 attempts).
Boston shook up the Miami defense as all of the starters except for center Al Horford posted more than 20 points.
Marcus Smart scored 23 points, including four 3s.
Jayson Tatum rocked the Miami court with 21 points and 11 assists, Jaylen Brown also added 21 points.
In Miami, Duncan Robinson, who started from the bench, contributed 18 points and 9 assists, and Bam Adebayo also did his part with 16 points.
‘Ace’ Jimmy Butler scored 14 points.