Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Boston Celtics lastly received a “residence” sport.
They usually wanted it.
Dealing with elimination, the Celtics defeated the Miami Warmth 121-108 in Sport 5 of the Jap Convention finals on Friday. The Warmth personal a 3-2 sequence lead, and Sport 6 is Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).
The Celtics outscored the Warmth 70-50 within the second half and leaned on their younger stars. Ahead Jayson Tatum, 22, scored 17 of his game-high 31 factors within the third quarter, and had 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
Boston ahead Jaylen Brown, 23, scored 18 of his 28 factors within the second half.
“Our deal was to return out and play, come out and compete, give it our greatest shot,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens stated. “I assumed we performed fairly nicely within the second half. However we’ll need to do it time and again due to the place we’re in.
“Once we do not get caught up in that different crap, we’re attempting to be our greatest. We care about competing. We care about representing our crew and our group nicely. We care about one another. That is why you compete.”
Heart Daniel Theis lastly obtained the higher of his counterpart, Miami’s Bam Adebayo, with 15 factors, 13 rebounds and three blocks.
“We want him to supply what he offers,” Stevens stated. “He was nice in the course of the zone. He caught it twice and scored. He was nice there on the glass on each ends. We want him to be good. We obtained so much out of that heart place tonight. That is essential.”
Whereas all video games are performed at a impartial web site right here on the Disney Broad World of Sports activities Complicated, there’s a designated residence crew primarily based on seed, and the Celtics final received a “residence” sport on Aug. 19 within the first spherical of the playoffs.
The house crew will get the raucous introductions simply earlier than tip-off, and the Celtics get to listen to the start of “Loopy Prepare” and “I’m Delivery As much as Boston” initially of the sport. However nothing can recreate 18,000 followers at TD Backyard for a playoff sport.
“Clearly, as a lot because the NBA has tried to make the house stuff matter, it simply would not,” Stevens stated earlier within the sequence. “It has no influence, sadly. I am undecided that we have performed in a house sport the place the house crew has received in three weeks. On the finish of the day, it is simply guys taking part in in between these strains and who executes higher and who performs the entire 48 or 53 or 58 minutes, or nonetheless lengthy it takes, higher.”
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The Celtics meandered via the primary half with out a lot goal, settling for 3-pointers and taking part in apathetic protection.
They trailed 60-51 early within the third quarter. However then it started to click on for Boston. It began forcing the motion on each ends – driving to the bucket in search of the perfect shot and defending with urgency.
The Celtics went on a 20-Three run and took a 71-63 lead with 5:39 left within the third. They shot 54.2% from the sector and made 11 of 12 free throws.
By the halfway level of the fourth quarter, Boston owned a 107-91 benefit.
Tatum scored 20-plus factors within the second half for the second consecutive sport, and his third-quarter efficiency helped Boston take management.
“Simply discovering my rhythm,” Tatum stated. “Enjoying throughout the system, taking part in throughout the sport. Understanding I should be aggressive, strive to not pressure it, however know I obtained to get myself going and make performs, whether or not it’s for myself or different guys. Simply construct off that.”
Boston overcame a 12-point first-half deficit, its largest comeback when going through elimination in 25 years, in keeping with ESPN Stats & Data.
“Boston performed nice in that second half,” Warmth coach Erik Spoelstra stated. “They deserved and earned what they obtained. We perceive how powerful it’s to win within the playoffs. We didn’t compete laborious sufficient defensively, and we paid the worth for that. However you do need to credit score Boston. They performed with nice pressure, significantly off the dribble.”
Miami’s Goran Dragic scored a team-high 23 factors, and Jimmy Butler had 17 factors, eight rebounds and eight assists. The Warmth shot simply 19.4% on 3-pointers, and have been outrebounded 50-38 as Boston dominated the paint.
“They have been taking part in more durable than we have been, which all of us knew,” Butler stated. “We have simply obtained to right that. That is the place it begins for us. Any time anyone is taking part in more durable than we’re, we will not be taking part in our greatest basketball. I believe a whole lot of it for us comes from how laborious we play, how collectively we play, and we have to get again to doing that.”