Miami Heat one win away from NBA Finals after blowing out Boston Celtics in Game 3
The Miami Heat, who took two video games on the street in Boston to begin the Eastern Conference Finals, are simply one win away from the NBA Finals after beating the Boston Celtics in Game 3, at dwelling, 128-102.
Last 12 months, after a back-and-forth collection, the Celtics eradicated the Heat in seven video games. Now, Miami will get its probability at revenge.
And, Game 4 will probably be in Florida.
The Heat have cherished dwelling courtroom this postseason, successful all three dwelling video games throughout their second-round collection with the New York Knicks they usually stored their momentum Sunday evening.
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The Heat have been off to a scorching begin, successful the primary quarter 30-22 after which heading into halftime with a stable 61-48 lead.
As the Heat has proven, they’re a second-half crew that may make groups pay with explosive third-quarter manufacturing. Once once more, that was the case and the Celtics had no reply.
Miami outscored Boston 32-17 in the third quarter and the recipe for fulfillment was one thing that’s grow to be obvious all through these playoffs: The Heat have scorers all over the place on the ground.
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Normally, all eyes are on Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, however this sport noticed six completely different Heat gamers scoring in the double digits, together with Caleb Martin and Duncan Robinson off the bench. In reality, that they had 11 and 10 factors respectively to set the tone in the primary half. They completed with 18 factors and 22, respectively.
Gabe Vincent was the crew’s main scorer, dropping 29 factors with a extremely environment friendly 11-of-14 from the sector, together with six made three-pointers. He had two rebounds, three assists, one steal, and a block.
Butler and Adebayo additionally contributed to the dominant win.
Butler had 16 factors with eight rebounds and 6 assists whereas notching two steals.
Adebayo didn’t should rebound a lot as Miami shot 56.8% from the sector as a crew. He completed with 13 factors, three rebounds and two assists.
For the Celtics, they accepted defeat when their reserves took the ground in the fourth quarter, whereas the starters contemplated how they let the collection slip so early.
Jayson Tatum was amongst them, as he had a poor evening from the ground.
After scoring 30 factors in Game 1 and 34 in Game 2, Tatum notched simply 14 Sunday evening.
He shot 6-of-18, together with 1-of-7 from behind the three-point line. He had 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals.
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Jaylen Brown had an identical line to his All-Star counterpart, tallying solely 12 factors on 6-of-17 capturing, which included lacking all seven of his three-point makes an attempt.
No one else may choose up the slack offensively, as Al Horford, Marcus Smart and Derrick White — the rest of the beginning 5 — had single digits in the factors column.
The solely adverse to drag away for Miami was veteran ahead Kevin Love not returning after an obvious harm throughout the sport.
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Game 4 of the collection will tip off on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET in Miami, and Boston should win in the event that they wish to defend their Eastern Conference championship.