The National Basketball Association메이저놀이터 (NBA) Boston Celtics have fought back from the brink again. They’ve won two in a row after losing three in a row, raising hopes for the first-ever “reverse sweep. There have been 150 instances in the history of the NBA playoffs where a team has lost its first three games in a row, but only once has an underdog turned the series around.
Boston defeated the Miami Heat 110-97 in Game 5 of the 2022-23 NBA Eastern Conference Finals (best-of-seven) at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on June 26. After dropping Games 1-3 to Miami, which entered the playoffs as the No. 8 seed and was on the verge of elimination, second-seeded Boston took Games 4 and 5 to push the series to a best-of-six. Game 6 between the two teams will be played on the 28th at the Casey Center in Miami, Florida.
Once again, Boston was outnumbered and outplayed Miami throughout the game, especially from three-point range, where they exploded for 16 shots. Derrick White led the offense with 24 points, including six 3-pointers, while Marcus Smart poured in 23 points, including four 3-pointers. Ace Jayson Tatum recorded a double-double with 21 points and 11 assists. Jaylen Brown added 21 points as well, giving Boston four of its top five players in double figures.
After jumping out to a comfortable 35-20 lead after the first quarter, Boston never allowed Miami to get closer than that the rest of the way. With the score close to 20 points with 3:20 left in the game, both benches brought in their starters and prepared for Game 6.
“I never thought we’d lose three in a row and be on the ropes,” Brown said after the game, “but we didn’t take it personally, we didn’t go in different directions. We stuck together as a team.” “We were consistently good in Game 5,” White said, “running well, passing well, creating good opportunities for our shooters.”
Meanwhile, Miami got 18 points and nine assists from Duncan Robinson off the bench and 16 points and eight rebounds from Bam Adebayo, but was held to 14 points by starter Jimmy Butler. The team also committed 16 turnovers. Still, with a 3-2 series lead, there’s no sense of urgency. “We always stay positive, and we know we can win the series,” Butler said, “and we’re going to make sure we finish it at home (in Game 6).”