It was a memorable night in the NBA. After failing to close out the Eastern Conference Finals on three occasions and seeing the Boston Celtics tie the series, the Miami Heat bounced back in Game 7, securing a 103-84 victory at the iconic TD Garden and clinching the conference title this Monday (29).
With this triumph, the Heat secures their place in the 2022-23 season Finals, where they will face the Denver Nuggets.
After allowing victory to slip away less than a second before the end in Game 6 at home, the Miami Heat went to Boston with the aim of replicating their initial performance in the series, and the pressure had an effect. Dominating the first quarter with a 22-15 advantage, the Florida team increased the lead even further.
Although Jimmy Butler wasn’t at his best, the other Heat players were fulfilling their roles. Caleb Martin stood out in the first half, scoring 14 points in the second quarter alone.
With the score at 52-41, the Miami Heat went into halftime with renewed hope and a clear warning sign activated at TD Garden.
After being eliminated by the Celtics themselves in the previous season’s Eastern Conference Finals, the Miami Heat entered the second half with the goal of overcoming the trauma and writing a new chapter. Meanwhile, the Celtics were facing a race against time.
Jayson Tatum, even while battling pain since the beginning of the game, continued on the court, causing concern and anxiety among the fans. Meanwhile, the Florida team kept building a 23-point lead on the scoreboard.
With this victory, the Miami Heat obtained their revenge and secured their seventh Eastern Conference title in franchise history. Additionally, by securing a spot in the Finals, the Miami franchise prevented the Celtics from attempting a historic feat, as no team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in the playoffs.
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