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NBA Playoffs: Thanks to Tatum, Brown and Daniel Theis! The Celtics stay alive and force game 6
The Boston Celtics Stay Alive! The NBA record champions secured Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat with 121: 108. The Celtics started catastrophically, but then played their best half of this series. Here are the highlights of the game.
Jayson Tatum (31 points, 8/22 FG, 10 rebounds, 6 assists) and Jaylen Brown (28, 12/23, 8 rebounds) led their team and prevented the early play-off, although Boston initially started with massive problems . However, the Celtics won the second half with 70:50 and stayed alive. Her entire starting five scored double-digit.
Daniel Theis also played a very strong game. The German center put on a double-double (15 points, 13 rebounds) and blocked 3 throws (his highlights in the video). For the first time in this series he was the better five on the court in a duel with heat star Bam Adebayo (13 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists).
The Heat generally had some problems on the offensive. Apart from Goran Dragic (23), none of Miami's players scored consistently, Duncan Robinson still got 20, but did almost all of the damage in the first half. Jimmy Butler scored 17 points.
Boston starts disastrously in game 5
Both coaches once again trusted the usual starting fives. 7 points from Robinson in the first few minutes gave Miami an early 11-5 lead. Boston hit only one of his first nine throws, Miami led by up to 12 points before Walker breathed life into the Celtics.
The point guard hit a three and two free throws, then Brown followed up with a triple, promptly only 4 points behind. Walker, like Butler, went on the bench with two early fouls and Boston lost its rhythm again. Robinson hit free throws first, then a threesome directly over Tatum. 26:18 after twelve minutes.
Stevens reacted by taking on Kanter, who scored twice on the board (4/6 in the quarter overall), but the defensive became weaker. Adebayo jumped hooked again to +12. Brown now hit a threesome and a crashing dunk, which shortened to -7, Walker then even hit -4. The final minutes of the quarter, however, belonged to Butler, who scored himself and found Robinson for another longball. 58:51 Miami at break.
Jayson Tatum explodes after the break
After the break, the Celtics started with a lot more energy and provoked ball losses and missed throws. Smart equalized the game at 60:60 with a stepback three, Brown gave Boston the first lead and Theis cleared Butler. Tatum completed a 13-0 run on the free throw line before Dragic answered again.
The Celtics and especially Tatum were now in full rhythm, leading with up to 14 points. Only Dragic braced himself against the onslaught. After 17 Tatum points in the run, it went into the last quarter with 92:83. Here the Celtics made things clear pretty quickly, especially since Miami's best player in Dragic fouled a few minutes before the end. Boston led with up to 19 points, it was no longer tight at the back.
Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals will take place on Monday night at 1.30 a.m. (live on DAZN).
The most important statistics
Boston Celtics (3) vs. Miami Heat (5) 121: 108 (BOXSCORE), series: 2-3
- Defensively, the Celtics started the game well, apart from two fouls against three-shooters. The offensive, however, was a disaster: Although Miami renounced the zone, the Celtics only fabricated an offensive rating of 75 and a 25 percent throw rate in the first quarter. It was a bit of a miracle that the gap was only 8 points after that. It was very similar with the 7-point deficit at the break.
- What spoke for the Celtics: After the horror start (1/8) they hit their threesome much better, five of the next eight threesomes before the break found their target. Here they had advantages over Miami (4/18), where Robinson was almost solely responsible for the shoot. In addition, after losing four balls in the first four minutes, the Celtics saved the turnovers, and only one more followed before the break. The three-way ratio at the end: 12/38 for Boston (31.6 percent), only 7/36 for Miami (19.4 percent).
- The Celtics also pushed significantly more through penetration. In the first quarter they scored 4 zone points, followed by 22 in the second (out of 33 in total). This trend continued after the break, this time Miami allowed significantly more on the basket than in game 4. The points in the paint at the end: 56:48 for Boston.
- While Miami's shoot left a lot to be desired, they once again earned a lot of easy points in the form of free throws, 18 in the first half (10 for Boston). That tipped over in the third quarter when the Celtics were already in the bonus after three minutes and then attacked again and again (12 freebies in the quarter). In the end, both teams took exactly 29 free throws.
- How dominant was Boston in the third quarter? 41 opposing points in a playoff quarter are a negative record for Miami.
Celtics vs. Heat: The voices for the game
Brad Stevens (Coach Celtics): "I think we played defensively today with great toxicity. The offense followed."
Erik Spoelstra (Coach Heat): "We have great respect for Boston. They played great in the second half. We don't expect this to be easy. You have to earn it."
The star of the game: Jayson Tatum
Again, the first and second halves at Tatum differed massively, even if this time he already had 10 points by the break. Still, he was a different player after that. Tatum attacked, pulled freebies and hit his throws, plus 6 assists. This superstar version of Tatum needs his team (the highlights of Tatum in the video!). Also really strong: Jaylen Brown and Daniel Theis.
The flop of the game: Jae Crowder
Crowder has now caught the regression towards the middle: After a hot shoot for weeks, he has now lost the touch (0/6 threesome). His other performance was okay, but giving open threesomes makes him the weak point of the heat offense. But not enough came from Butler either.
The scene of the game
In the first half he was hardly to be seen, in the third quarter everything went suddenly with Tatum. No scene made this clearer than a complicated turnaround stepback jumper from the middle distance, which the 22-year-old sank to 11-point lead - and looked really old with the noble defender Andre Iguodala.
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