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NBA Eastern Conference Finals – Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics – Game 1

The Miami Heat looked in fine form coming into the Eastern Conference Finals against Boston Celtics. The Heat had lost just one game in their two playoff series leading up to the Conference Finals, which came against the Milwaukee Bucks. The 4-1 win against the Bucks was a statement by the Heat that they intend to go all the way. Beating the team led by the reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo while dropping just one game showed how good they are.

Miami Heat vs  Boston Celtics
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The Boston Celtics did not have as impressive a run to the finals as Miami Heat did. The team did clean sweep the Philadelphia 76ers, but had to play a 7-game series against defending champions Toronto Raptors to reach the Conference Finals. Kyle Lowry and company put up a great fight, but the Celtics edged them by 5 points in Game 7.

Game 1 ended with Miami Heat coming up with a 117-114 win against the Boston Celtics. Goran Dragić lead the scoring for the Heat with 29 points. Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder and Bam Adebayo ended the game with 20, 22 and 18 points respectively. Rookie Tyler Herro scored 12 points off the bench and collected an impressive 11 rebounds.

Jayson Tatum finished the game with 30 points and 14 rebounds. Starters Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart had 17, 19 and 26 points respectively. Brad Wanamaker managed to rack up 11 points off the bench.

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How the game progressed

The Celtics started off well and ended the first quarter 8 points ahead of their opponents. The Heat came back into the game and went into half time with the scores leveled at 55 – 55. The Miami Heat were 12 points down at the end of the third quarter but made up for those come the end of the fourth.

Miami had a 7 – 0 run in overtime to help their cause, only to concede their lead to a Kemba Walker step back bucket. Jimmy Butler’s drive into the paint earned his side two points and a free throw, which he converted to give the Heat a 2-point lead. Jayson Tatum’s attempt at tying the game with an emphatic dunk was foiled by an unbelievable block Bam Adebayo. The block was so good that legendary Laker Magic Johnson called it the best defensive play he had ever seen in the playoffs. With just 2.5 seconds on the clock, the Celtics needed a 3-pointer to tie the game. Jayson Tatum’s last ditch attempt was a miss and the Heat earned themselves a 1-0 lead.

The Heat continued their good run in this season’s playoffs, and will look to carry it all the way into the NBA Finals.

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