The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat today, in a convincing win, 93-80. While the game was close for the majority of the time played, the Boston Celtics managed to break it open in the 4th quarter and go on a run.
There is no doubt that stealing Game 5 on the road was good for the Boston Celtics, as they will now have the opportunity to close out the series in Game 6 at home. Obviously, playing an elimination game as a home team is far better than being an away team in that situation.
A lot of NBA fans reacted to the Celtics managing to defeat the Heat. Some people roasted the Miami Heat for losing, but others were already looking forward to the potential Finals series between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors. Both those teams are in very good positions to win their Conference Finals and move on.
The Boston Celtics are now one win away from the NBA Finals. They have been to the Eastern Conference Finals before, but if they do get to the NBA Finals this season, it will be their first appearance on the highest stage during the Jayson Tatum-Jaylen Brown era.
The Miami Heat shouldn't be counted out just yet. Jimmy Butler has shown that he is very capable of winning a game with an explosive offensive performance, and that could potentially happen during Game 6. He has shown himself to be a player that shows up in the biggest moments as well.
Game 6 will be a must-win game for both teams, as the Miami Heat will be trying to avoid elimination, while the Boston Celtics will be trying to dodge a Game 7 on the road in Miami. Hopefully, that makes for some exciting basketball, and perhaps we'll see a close game that goes down to the wire.