Beat Boston 111-105…Butler, 27 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals
(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Euijin Lee = Ace Jimmy Butler played a big role in the 4th quarter, and the ‘8th seed’ Miami Heat first won two wins in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
Miami defeated the Boston Celtics 111-105 in the away game in the second leg of the 2022-2023 NBA Eastern Conference Finals (4 wins out of 7 matches) held at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on the 20th (Korean time).
Miami, which finished the regular season in 7th place and took the 8th seed through the play-in tournament, used a surprise victory in the first round of the playoffs (PO), beating the Milwaukee Bucks, who had the highest win rate (70.7%) this season, with 4 wins and 1 loss.
Miami, which advanced to the Eastern Finals after defeating the 5th place New York Knicks 4-2 in the second round, showed off its spirit by winning both the first and second away games against Boston, the second-place team this season and a strong player who reached the championship match last season.
If all of the remaining two wins are won, Miami will advance to the championship after three seasons after the 2019-2020 season in which it was runner-up.Miami’s last championship was 10 years ago in the 2012-2013 season, when LeBron James was active.
Miami, who allowed 3 points to Grant Williams 6 minutes and 37 seconds before the end of the game, seemed to be losing 87-96.
However, after that, Boston exploded 24 points while only 9 points, turning the game around.
It was definitely Butler who led the reverse electrode by concentrating on the winner.
Butler, who claimed a one-on-one attack, scored 5 points in a row by combining two mid-range shots and free throws, and Miami caught up with 92-96 5 minutes and 44 seconds before the end.
In the process, Butler, who had an argument with Boston’s Grant Williams on the forehead, succeeded in two mid-range shots again 2 minutes and 58 seconds before the end, leading the comeback by Gearco 102-100.
Butler, who scored a total of 27 points, added 8 rebounds and 6 assists, added 3 steals and 2 blocked shots, and was also active on defense.
Adebayo, the leading center, also scored 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, cracking down on the bottom of the goal.
While Miami, with Adebayo at the forefront, picked up a total of 54 rebounds, Boston only recorded 42 rebounds, revealing their inferiority in height.
Boston’s ace Jayson Tatum made 11 free throws and 34 points and 13 rebounds, but it was painful to commit 5 errors.
Among these mistakes was an attacker foul that was declared while attempting an unreasonable breakthrough in front of Butler 1 minute and 38 seconds before the end.
Boston, which was drawn 100-103, lost the momentum to turn the game around in the last minute as this attack failed.
The 3rd game between the two teams will be played at home in Miami on the 22nd.