NBA: Celtics keep the series alive after their first win over Heat in the Eastern Conference finals

The Miami Heats still lead the series 3-1 but the Celtics keep their hopes alive of making it to back to back finals

(Football news) The Boston Celtics kept the series alive as they beat the Miami Heat 116-99 in game 4. For the Celtics, Jayson Tatum had 33 points and 11 rebounds, Jaylen Brown added 17 points while Derrick White scored 16 points, Grant Williams had 14 points, Al Horford added 12 and Marcus Smart scored 11 points. For the Heat, Gabe Vincent scored 17 for Miami, Caleb Martin had 16 and Bam Adebayo added 10 points while Jimmy Butler top scored with 29 points. The Heat is still leading the series 3-1 and have a chance to reach the NBA finals if they win their next game against Boston at the TD Garden.

No team in NBA history has ever successfully comeback from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series; 150 have tried and 150 have failed. The Celtics are looking to do the unthinkable but they need to take it one game at a time. If they manage to pull that off then Boston would have Game 7 on its home floor provided they can keep extending this series. Jayson Tatum finally found his scoring mojo in the fourth quarter as he helped his team rally back from a 9 point deficit in the third quarter.

“We were just trying to save our season,” Tatum said.

“We can’t relax,” Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said. “We have to keep the same level of intensity, the same mindset, the same focus in the next game.”

“Tonight we played with pace, purpose,” Tatum said. “We were getting stops. We were getting out in transition. You see layups and free throws go in, the jump shots start to feel a lot easier.”

“We don’t really have a choice,” Mazzulla said. “It’s do-or-die. Got to stick together.”

“We always say the last one to get is the hardest one to get,” Adebayo said. “I knew they would be desperate.”

“They got us tonight,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “You have to give them credit for that. There’s no doubt about it. There’s no questioning it. We’re not wondering about that. They deserved to win tonight. We have to regroup and get ready for a great opportunity in Boston.”

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