(MENAFN) In a crucial matchup in the NBA Eastern Conference finals, the Boston Celtics emerged victorious with a commanding 110-97 win over the Miami Heat on Thursday. The Celtics' triumph in front of their home crowd at TD Garden forces a Game 6 and keeps their hopes alive in the series.
Derrick White led the charge for the Celtics, showcasing his scoring prowess with an impressive 24 points against the Heat. Marcus Smart was also instrumental in the victory, contributing 23 points and displaying his defensive prowess with five steals. The dynamic duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown made significant contributions, each tallying 21 points. Tatum, in particular, showcased his versatility by adding eight rebounds and an impressive 11 assists to his stat line.
On the Miami side, Duncan Robinson led the scoring effort for his team with 18 points, while Bam Adebayo made his presence felt with 16 points and eight rebounds. Jimmy Butler and Caleb Martin both contributed 14 points for the Heat, but their efforts were not enough to secure the win against a determined Celtics team.
With this away loss, the Heat still maintain a 3-2 lead in the series, leaving them one win away from securing a spot in the 2023 NBA finals. On the other hand, the Celtics find themselves in a must-win situation to keep their playoff journey alive.
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