NBA: Celtics beat Heat in Game 5, extending the series once more
Derrick White scored 24 points as hosts Boston Celtics avoided elimination for the second straight game with a 110-97 win over the Miami Heat in game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday.
The Heat never took the lead in the game, but they retained a 3-2 advantage in a best-of-seven series when they went home in Game 6 on Saturday.
White took eight of 11 shots – including six of eight from 3-pointers – and Boston’s Marcus Smart sank 7 of 12 and 4 of 6, respectively, to highlight his 23-point performance. he. Smart also has five Celtics second seed steals.
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Jayson Tatum collected 21 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds in the victory, while teammate Jaylen Brown scored 21 points when he shot 3 to 5 from 3-point range. Brown entered Thursday having taken just 3 of 25 shots from outside the arc in the series.
The Celtics hit 50.6% from the ground (40 of 79) and 41% from three points (16 of 39). That percentage comes shortly after Boston hit 51.2% of his shots from the floor and 40% from outside the arc in a 116-99 win in Game 4 on Tuesday.
Miami’s Duncan Robinson took seven out of 10 shots to score 18 from the bench. Bam Adebayo collected 16 points and eight rebounds, Haywood Highsmith added 15 and Jimmy Butler and Caleb Martin each had 14 points for the eighth-seeded Heat.
Kyle Lowry scored just five points and made four of his team’s 16 turns as he started in place of injured Gabe Vincent (left ankle sprain).
Boston took the lead by scoring 14 no-answer points to take a 20-5 lead. Tatum marked his first half with 12 points with a mighty pitch that gave the Celtics a 28-13 lead, and White finished with 11 points in the half after eating all three on the whistle.
Miami slashed the deficit to 53-41 with 2:59 left in the second quarter before Boston burned through an 8-0 game. White and Smart each drew 3 points during that spike to give the Celtics a 61-44 advantage after halftime.
Boston extended the lead to 18 points after three quarters and scored the first six points of the fourth inning to bring the game to a stalemate.
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