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NBA Eastern Conference Finals – Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics – Game 5

The result of Game 5 would mean two very different things for both sides. Either the Miami Heat make it to the NBA Finals or the Celtics keep their season alive. The Celtics needed to win and force Game 6 on the Heat.

Statistics

Goran Dragić scored 23 points and assisted 4 times. He led the Heat in terms of points scored. Duncan Robinson scored 20, but his contribution in getting rebounds and assists was limited. Luckily the team had Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler to cover that department. The two of them had 8 assists and 8 rebounds each. Butler, Crowder and Adebayo finished with a combined 44 points. Tyler Herro scored 14 points off the bench and Kelly Olynyk contributed a quick fire 5 points in 4 minutes.

Jayson Tatum ended the game with 31 points, 6 assists and 10 rebounds. Jaylen Brown had a very good game as well with 28 points, 2 assists and 8 rebounds. Daniel Theis was an unexpected source of points. He scored 15 points, the same as Kemba Walker. Marcus Smart finished the game with 12 points, 8 assists and 8 rebounds. Enes Kanter and Gordon Hayward scored 8 and 10 points off the bench.

The Heat were considerably worse in their 3-point shooting. They shot on 19.4% from beyond the arc as opposed to the Celtics’ 31.6%.

Also read: NBA Eastern Conference Finals – Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics – Game 4

How the game progressed

The Celtics started the game miserably, missing 11 of their first 12 shots. Miami raced to an 8-point lead in the first quarter. The first half ended with a score of 58-51 in favour of the Heat. This can be attributed to Duncan Robinson’s first half performance. He scored 17 out of his 20 points in the first half of the game. Tatum scored 10 of his 31 points in the third quarter. That along with the Heat’s cold shooting streak, meant that the Celtics went into the fourth quarter with a 9-point lead. The Heat’s lead scorer Dragić fouled out with four and half minutes left in the game. The Celtics took advantage and increased the gap to 19 points with 3 minutes and 24 seconds remaining.

The game ended with the Boston Celtics winning 121-108 and forcing a Game 6. Bam Adebayo blamed himself for the loss, but the Heat’s defense is not merely one player. The Heat seemed like they needed to brush up their 3-point shooting as well. They scored a miserable 7 of 36 from range.

A chance to play in the NBA Finals hangs in the balance. That only means that the next game promises to be a hard fought affair.

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