Heat send Celtics out of bubble in Game 6, seal NBA Finals berth
The Miami Heat are going back to the promised land for the first time in seven years. Led by the brilliance of Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, the Heat finished off the pesky Boston Celtics for good, 125-113, to emerge as the Eastern Conference champions on Sunday.
Miami, anchored by Adebayo, used a strong fourth quarter run to take a commanding 10-point lead with under four minutes left in regulation.
Heat's Bam Adebayo took all the blame for Game 5 loss. Scored or assisted on 11 straight Miami points & has a new postseason career-high 30 points & 12 rebounds w/ 4:30 to play in Game 6.
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) September 28, 2020
The 6-foot-9 forward, who was playing with a wrist injury he sustained in Game 5, came away with game-highs of 32 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field, along with 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in 39 minutes of action.
The Celtics still fought back in a bid to preserve their season, as Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum made huge plays. However, Heat rookie Tyler Herro once again came through with clutch buckets to seal the victory. He finished with 19 points, five boards, and seven dimes.
Four Heat players also finished in double-figures, as Jimmy Butler dropped 22 markers, while Duncan Robinson and Goran Dragic added 15 and 13, respectively. Miami also got some surprising production from Andre Iguodala, who waxed hot from downtown in the third period for 15 points off the bench.
Brown, on the other hand, led the Cs with 26 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Jayson Tatum pitched in 24 markers, whileMarcus Smart and Kemba Walker had 20 apiece.
The Heat have certainly defied all expectations with their magical 12-3 record in the postseason so far. They will take on the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals, with Game 1 set to start on Wednesday.