World News – GB – Heat advance to NBA Finals with Game 6 win over Celtics – SportsnetCalifornia


Jimmy Butler scored 22 points and the Heat won the Eastern Conference final for the sixth time, beating the Boston Celtics 125-113

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla .– It was exactly a year ago Sunday that Jimmy Butler walked into the Miami Heat’s training gym, took a seat on a makeshift stage, and said he wanted to do part of the next team title race

The Heat go to the NBA Finals – perhaps surprising many, but not themselves Bam Adebayo scored 32 points, a season high and 14 rebounds, Butler scored 22 points and the Heat won the Eastern Conference final for the sixth time beating the Boston Celtics 125-113 on Sunday night

« A great series It was so competitive, » said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra “I mean in a lot of ways it was a seven game series, how competitive it was Extremely well trained and well organized and we are just honored to be part of that type of series in the final of the conference, then we have the opportunity to take the next step Our guys will be looking forward to it We will try to enjoy it for a night « 

The Heat won the series 4-2 – and now, waiting for the next step in deciding the NBA title, are LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers The first game is on Wednesday night

Tyler Herro scored 19 points, Duncan Robinson and Andre Iguodala each have 15 and Goran Dragic added 13 for the Heat

Jaylen Brown scored 26 points, Jayson Tatum had 24 and 11 career assists, and Marcus Smart and Kemba Walker each scored 20 points for Boston – who fell in the Eastern Final for the third time in the over the past four seasons

“Miami deserves a lot of credit,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens “They’re super physical, super tough, very, very savvy I think they’re the best team in the East and deserve to represent is the way they played « 

Miami dropped six points early in the fourth before regaining control A 6-0 flurry – Herro had the final five points, needing only 31 seconds to do so – tied at 96 Boston took the front two more times, Adebayo responding to both times, first with a dunk, then a three-point game with 6:16 to go

It’s like they know what’s coming They never dragged herro again Herro had a pair of baskets in a 9-0 flurry that put the Heat up 10, Adebayo found Butler for a layup and a 116-102 lead everyone on the Heat bench was on their feet

« Regret I don’t have any, » said Walker « I don’t have one, man I thought we fought hard Lots of credit in Miami These guys are really good »

The Heat is the only NBA franchise to have made six Finals in the past 15 years.They are chasing their fourth title, and that luck did not come easily

The Heat had a 5-for-5 spread from 3 points in the first quarter, but struggled again beyond the arc in the first half They were 6-for-14 deep in the First 24 minutes, Boston was 11 for 23 before the break and the Heat took a 62-60 lead at halftime

Iguodala’s fourth 3-point pointer – in as many attempts – with 4:20 left in the third, gave the Heat eight points, before Brown had five points in a 10-2 push to Boston to match Dragic got a green light on Miami’s last shot of the quarter and it was 88-86 Heat with 12 minutes remaining

The Celtics have scored 10 of the first 12 points in the fourth, moving up 96-90 From there, all of Miami

The Heat scored 35 of the last 52 points in the game The game was theirs So was the silver trophy the conference champions get

Celtics: Tatum had 15 shots in the first half, the first time in his 270-game career that he did this. He had taken 14 on four other occasions… Tatum’s best four games with a total of assists in his career are in the bubble

Heat: The Heat are now guaranteed no less than $ 4,399,686 for their playoff share, and that number would rise to $ 5,791,041 if they won the title … Udonis Haslem is the only player to be part of the six Heat teams that made the final

Walker has made the playoffs three times, and his team were knocked out by Miami in all three appearances – with three different nicknames Charlotte was still the Bobcats when the Heat swept them away in the first round of 2014, the Heat s ‘rallied to beat the then rebranded Charlotte Hornets in seven games in the 2016 first round, and now this win over the Celtics

Celtics and Heat were receiving support from afar ahead of Game 6 Celtics coach Brad Stevens was delighted to hear video of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick signing his press conference post-game Sunday saying « good luck to Brad and the Celtics tonight We’ll shoot for them ”And in the Miami Marlins’ regular season finale, outfielder Lewis Brinson wore a Butler jersey (in the popular Heat theme“ Vice ”) under his match jersey

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