The Boston Celtics only needed 20 minutes of the first half to settle the ballot in Miami. With a perimeter festival accompanied by a strong defense, the Massachusetts franchise broke home court advantage in Florida to make it 1-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat, who fell by an unappealable 102-127.
An initial run of 18-8 in five minutes fooled the local parish, which soon realized that the visiting team came with the homework done and the right intensity to overcome the initial blow in the match. Based on triples, Boston built a favorable partial of 27-62 until the break who left the shock seen for sentence on the way to the locker room. The 45-70 at recess cooled down the fiery Miami crowd and gave the Celtics the biggest advantage in its history at halftime in a playoffs.
With a 9 of 11 in triples in the first periodthe visitors armed a partial 0-17 that knocked out an impotent rival before the spectacular success of Ime Udoka’s pupils. In the second room, it was Jayson Tatum who got aggressive to intimidate a rival delivered to a Jimmy Butler who tried it alone during a stretch of the third quarter after a regular first half.
Tatum again gave a recital of efficiency and ended with 20 of his 27 total goals in the first half. In the first game he had already warned with his record in a playoffs, 21. The Heat did not correct their deficiencies in the opening victory of the tie, and that conformity, especially in defense, condemned them to receive the rival’s scolding. Not since 1972 have the Celtics scored as many points at halftime. in some playoffs.
Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smartincredibly free on several of their perimeter shots, accompanied Tatum with 24 points each. The presence of the Best Defender of the Year together with Al Horford, both starters after missing the first round, gave another march to Ime Udoka’s team. The shooting guard also managed to distribute 12 assists, his maximum in a playoffs.
Grant Williams, author of 19 points and an efficient 5 of 7 shots from the field in 32 minutes, continued to shine starting from the bench. On a night for triple jumpers, Payton Pritchard continued on his good line with 10 points. In the inside game, Horford and Robert Williams gave the coach more intensity and physicality, who was able to counteract the game of Adebayo, one of the rival’s pearls, with his presence.
On the part of Miami, just Butler feinted with an attempt to react when scoring 16 of his 29 total points in the third periodalthough the closest the locals managed to get was 18 away, a whole world. Tyler Herro was not a factor in keeping his team fighting and he finished with 11 points, and only Gabe Vincent (14) and Victor Oladipo (14) they made an appearance. PJ Tucker and Bam Adebayo, especially on defense, were completely missing for Erik Spoelstra’s side.
Boston was able to retire its starters in the fourth quarter after putting the lead on a maximum of 34 points, and the atmosphere of the crash was diluted in the irrelevance of the garbage minutes until the final honk. No more color last night than green, and the superiority of Boston will send the Heat to bed very hot before traveling to Massachusetts.
“It has to hurt us. They have tried to embarrass us and they have succeeded”, Butler valued in the press room. “In general, we have to be much better.”