Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2023. 7:26 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: Star guard Jayson Tatum praised his team’s “pace and purpose” as the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 116-99 Tuesday night to avoid elimination in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Tatum tallied 33 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists as the Celtics withstood Miami pressure to win going away.
After a back-and-forth first half, the Heat led by six at halftime, but the Celtics rallied with a 38-23 third quarter to essentially secure the victory. The team 18 made three-pointers and negated the Heat’s main star Jimmy Butler, who finished with 29 points.
Tatum told broadcaster TNT that they were not trying to win all four games Tuesday night, just this one.
Game 5 is in Boston on Thursday night; if the series is extended to a Game 7 it would also be in Boston.
This was the Celtics’ third win of the postseason in elimination scenarios but the odds remain long on forcing a Game 6, let alone a Game 7.
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