The Boston Celtics reached the NBA Finals again after 12 years. Basketball players from Boston won the decisive seventh game 100-96 in the Best of Seven series against the Miami Heat. The Celtics will now compete with the Golden State Warriors for the MLS Championship.
The Boston Celtics have won the NBA Championship 17 times, making them the record holder with the Los Angeles Lakers. However, the last title dates back to 2008. Two years later, the team reached the final again, where the Lakers won 4-3. In the past five years, the Celtics have reached the Eastern Conference Finals three times, but all of them failed to advance to the NBA Finals.
The Warriors previously won the title in the West, defeating the Dallas Mavericks 4-1. In the East the tension was much greater. The Miami Heat lost their lead twice in this series to the Boston Celtics, after which the Celtics came on “match point” by winning Game 5. However, Florida club tied the score again in Boston, so that everything reached the final in Miami on Sunday night.
The Boston Celtics advanced significantly in the first quarter and did not concede, despite the Miami Heat approaching the final stage. With less than 17 seconds on the clock and a score of 98-96, Jimmy Butler had a chance to give the Florida team the lead, but his attempt at a three-pointer ended at the front of the track. Then Marcus Smart on the other side hit two free throws. Jason Tatum scored 26 points for the winning team and Jaylen Brown and Smart both scored 24 points.
“It’s great that we finally dealt with this difficulty,” Tatum said of reaching the Grand Final. “Few people believed in us. We took the hardest path, but we are there.” The Celtics also defeated the 2021 champions the Milwaukee Bucks 4-3 in the previous round.
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