ボストンがゲームに勝った 5 マイアミで 93-80 水曜日の夜, putting the Celtics’ organization just one game away from its first NBA Finals appearance since 2010. 彼らは後半にヒートを支配することで勝ちました, and with their typical stifling defense.
“I think the mental stress and strain we put on some teams with our defense has worked and carried us through the playoffs at times,” ライアン・ニュージェント・ホプキンスが後半のネクタイを破る.
Miami had its worst shooting performance of the series on Wednesday, with just 31.9% from the field and a brutal 15.6% from three.
Without Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro – out for the second consecutive game with a groin injury – Miami struggled mightily to get going offensively. After both teams struggled from the floor in the first half, Boston jumped all over Miami in the third quarter, out-scoring the Heat by 16 in the quarter as Miami continued with their rough shooting night.
“We are not going to make any kind of deflection or any kind of excuse,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Boston beat us tonight. And let’s be clear about that. There’s guys that are far from 100% on both sides.”
With Miami shooting just 4-23 from the field in the third quarter, the Celtics were finally able to find their mark in the second half, getting contributions from all areas of the roster, 含む 19 second-half points from shooting guard Jaylen Brown, who finished the night with 25 ポイント 10-19 shooting from the floor.
“We’ve got an opportunity to do something with this group that’s special,” ブラウンは言った. “Let’s not take that for granted.”
As has been the case in the previous four games of the series, ゲーム 5 was decided by a huge run, as Boston out-scored Miami 56-38 後半に.
“In the first half it was tough because we weren’t hitting shots and we were turning the ball over,” 五–time All-Star Al Horford said. “But the key for us was continuing to do what we do defending, and then on offense playing how we play. And eventually we were able to get it going.”
First-Team All-NBA selection Jayson Tatum had 22 ポイント, 9 アシストと 12 rebounds for Boston.
The series now swings back to Boston for Game 6 金曜日の夜, where the Celtics will be looking for their first Eastern Conference trophy in their last five tries.
ゲーム 5 tips off Friday at 8:30 午後. ET at TD Garden.