MIAMI — Jayson Tatum scored 26 factors, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Good every added 24 and the Boston Celtics held off a frantic rally within the last seconds to beat the Miami Warmth 100-96 on Sunday night time and attain the NBA Finals for the primary time since 2010.
Al Horford added 14 rebounds for the Celtics, who by no means trailed on the way in which to pulling off a Sport 7 win on the street — and never together with the bubble, that was the primary such victory for the storied franchise since beating Milwaukee for the 1974 NBA title.
Subsequent up for Boston: the Golden State Warriors in a collection that begins Thursday in San Francisco.
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Jimmy Butler, who willed Miami into Sport 7 by scoring 47 factors on Friday in Boston, led the Warmth with 35 factors in what turned their season finale. Bam Adebayo added 25 for the Warmth, who had been down 11 with underneath 3 minutes to go earlier than attempting one final rally.
An 9-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Max Strus with 51 seconds left, acquired the Warmth inside 98-96. That they had an opportunity for the lead with about 17 seconds to go when Butler tried a 3-pointer from the appropriate wing, nevertheless it missed — and the Celtics escaped.
Boston pressured the Warmth into 9 consecutive misses throughout a vital stretch of the fourth quarter, utilizing that stretch to show an 82-79 lead right into a 90-79 edge — and the Celtics, who had misplaced every of their final 4 journeys to the East finals, discovered a option to maintain on.
Kyle Lowry scored 15 for the Warmth. Grant Williams completed with 11 for the Celtics.
The Celtics got here out flying. The Warmth got here out the other of flying.
Boston’s lead was 32-17 after one quarter — the biggest ever by a street crew after 12 minutes of a Sport 7, 4 factors larger than Golden State’s lead over the Los Angeles Lakers again within the 1977 playoffs.
The Celtics set that tone with protection; they held Miami to 33% capturing within the opening quarter, 1 for 7 from 3-point vary and outscored the Warmth 13-4 on quick breaks.
The lead was nonetheless 15 with 2:36 left within the half, when Miami confirmed indicators of life.
An 11-2 run is how the Warmth ended the half, the burst sparked by 3s from Strus and Butler, then capped by 4 free throws from Lowry within the last 29 seconds. Butler was as much as 24 factors on the break — he didn’t miss a single second — and Miami had gotten inside 55-49 going into the third.
Miami thought it had gotten inside 56-54 when Strus rattled in a nook 3 early within the third. However the Celtics answered with a 9-1 run, which was even worse — the NBA replay heart in Secaucus, New Jersey determined that Strus had stepped out of bounds, his 3 got here off the board whereas the sport was going, and a 56-54 sport turned 65-52.