Jayson Tatum erzielte 26 Punkte, Jaylen Brown und Marcus Smart fügten jeweils 24 hinzu und die Boston Celtics hielten in den letzten Sekunden eine hektische Rallye ab, um die Miami BA Heat 100-96 am Sonntagabend zu schlagen und Mal zum-Fina erstens 2010 Access.
Al Horford added 14 rebounds for the Celtics, who never lags behind on their way to a Game 7 victory on the road—and bubble aside, it was the first such win for the famous franchise since its victory over Milwaukee in the 1974 NBA Title.
Next up for Boston: The Golden State Warriors series begins Thursday in San Francisco.
Jimmy Butler, who beat Miami with 47 points in Game Seven in Boston on Friday, topped 35 points at the end of the season. Pam Adebayo added 25 for the Heat, who were 11 times behind with less than three minutes to go before a final rally attempt.
A 9-0 run, capped by a Max Strus three with 51 seconds remaining, put the Heat within 98-96. They had a chance to take the lead with about 17 seconds left when Butler attempted a three-pointer from the right wing but missed – and the Celtics escaped.
Boston forced the Heat to lose nine consecutive times in a crucial fourth-quarter period and used that race to turn a 82-79 lead into 90-79 — and the Celtics, having lost each of their last four trips to the East, have lost the Finals, a way to hold on.
Kyle Lowry scored 15 Lt. Grant Williams finished with 11 with the Celtics.
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