Last night, the Miami Heat won on the floor of the Boston Celtics (116-123), thanks in particular to Jimmy Butler, and therefore took control in this Eastern Conference final.
The Heat sends an entry message. After taking out the Milwaukee Bucks and New Yorks Knicks in previous rounds, Miami ideally has the Eastern Conference final by winning Boston in Game 1 (116-123), on the night of Wednesday to Thursday. At TD Garden, a few days after a game 7 won against the Philadelphia Sixers, the Celtics had nevertheless taken this meeting by the right end and were leading at the break (66-57), thanks in particular to a controlled second quarter on their part. (36-29).
Unfortunately for Jayson Tatum (30 points and 7 rebounds), Jaylen Brown (22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists) and their teammates, the visitors’ reaction was scathing and fatal. Perhaps a little dull physically after a long series against the band at Joel Embiid, the players of Joe Mazzulla have indeed experienced a big air pocket thereafter.
A record third quarter for the Heat
In 12 minutes, the Heat caught fire and scored 46 points, a record for the franchise in the play-offs, and thus took control of this match (91-102). Behind, Boston’s reaction was too timid to reverse the situation and it is therefore Miami which is therefore leading the race in this series. For this, the Floridians have once again been able to count on a huge Jimmy Butler, author of 35 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals.
With 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, Bam Adebayo also helped Miami achieve this big blow on the outside, which allows his team to recover the advantage of the field from the start. As against the Bucks and the Knicks, the Heat therefore hit hard on the outside. Inevitably frustrated by the scenario, the Celtics will now be keen to recover in a few days during game 2, on May 20.
BASKET – NBA / PLAY-OFFS
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Boston Celtics – Miami Heat : 116-123
> Miami leads 1-0 in the series