Friday, September 25, 2020
Tonight marks the fifth game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics in their best-of-seven playoff series. The Heat won the last game they played, 112-109, as Tyler Herro had 37 points. They will look to win the series and advance to the NBA Finals tonight.
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision)
-Kendrick Nunn (coach’s decision)
-Meyers Leonard (coach’s decision)
-Chris Silva (pubic)
-Carsen Edwards (coach’s decision)
-Javonte Green (coach’s decision)
-Semi Ojeleye (coach’s decision)
-Robert Williams (coach’s decision)
-Romeo Langford (wrist)
Both teams would play with some competitiveness in the first half as the Celtics shot 40% while the Heat completed 45% of their shots. Duncan Robinson got hot for 17 points which included 3 three-pointers. Jimmy Butler helped out with 14 points to go along with 8 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and a block.
Former Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder had nine points while he recorded 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block. Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic went on to score a combined 11 points. Andre Iguodala played the most minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless.
As for the Celtics, Jaylen Brown threw up 10 points while recording 4 rebounds and 2 assists. He also had two three-pointers while Jayson Tatum also had 10 points. New York-native Kemba Walker had eight points which included two three-pointers. He also had one rebound and three assists while Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis combined for 11 points. Gordon Hayward played 13 minutes off of the bench but only had two points while the Heat went into halftime with a 58-51 lead.
The Celtics came back to run away with things in the second half as they went on a enormous 70 to 50 run, shooting 50%. During that run, Tatum got hot with 21 points, including two three-pointers in the third period. He also had 8 rebounds and 3 assists while Brown contributed with 18 points.
Daniel Theis chalked up 11 points while grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking two shots. Walker earned seven points which contained a three-pointer in the third quarter. Smart had five points to go along with 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals. Hayward played the most minutes off of the bench but only had eight points.
On the other end of the floor, Dragic put up 18 points on 54% shooting. He also had a three-pointer while Adebayo and Butler combined for 12 points. Tyler Herro played 19 minutes off of the bench as he had 12 points but it wasn’t enough as the Celtics took a 121-108 win, making the series 3-2. Jayson Tatum finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and one steal. Goran Dragic finished with 23 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists.
The Boston Celtics will look to tie the series up a 3-3 as they take on the Miami Heat on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.