Jayson Tatum's dominant performance leads the Boston Celtics to a remarkable comeback victory against the Miami Heat
The Boston Celtics were already behind by nine points in the third quarter and 3-0 in the series when they realized their season was in trouble. However, it was a whole different world three minutes later.Over the course of NBA history, 150 teams have tried and failed to come back from behind 3-0 in a best-of-7 series. But the Celtics were determined to win against Miami Heat.
Read on to learn how the Boston Celtics turned the tables and beat the Heat in Game 4.
How the Boston Celtics secured their victory
Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals saw the Boston Celtics win the Miami Heat 116-99 thanks to big second-half performances from Jayson Tatum (34 points, 11 rebounds) and Derrick White (16 points, 10 assists), and Jaylen Brown (16 points, 8 rebounds).
The Celtics brought the series back to Boston for a Game 5 on Thursday thanks to 14 points from Grant Williams, 12 from Al Horford, and 11 from Marcus Smart, despite trailing the series 3-1. Miami, led by Jimmy Butler's 29 points as they entered the fourth quarter, saw their lead dwindle to nine before being outscored 48-22 over the course of 14 minutes. If Boston can keep the streak alive, it will have Game 7 at home.
Celtics dominate Heat with 3-Point barrage
The Heat were led in scoring by Gabe Vincent's 17, Caleb Martin's 16, and Bam Adebayo's 10. They were only 8 for 32 from 3-point range, while the Celtics were 19 for 45, a huge disparity of 33 points.
Max Strus' 3-pointer to begin the third quarter put the Heat up by nine points, their largest lead of the game. The Heat maintained their lead for the rest of the first half.
There was a real chance that Boston's season may end soon. And the Celtics answered back, loud and clear.
In only three minutes, Boston went from nine points down to nine points ahead on the strength of an 18-0 run. During the run, the Celtics shot 6 for 7, including 4 for 4 from 3-point range, and Tatum scored 9 of the team's 18 points. Suddenly, the East champs were back in business after sweeping the Heat at their own arena in the previous postseason.
Later in the third quarter, Miami cut the deficit to four, but the Celtics responded with seven straight baskets in under a minute. Going into the final period, Boston led 88-79 following a 38-23 third quarter victory, 21 of which came through 3-pointers.
The Celtics held onto their lead for the rest of the game.
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