This season’s NBA Eastern Conference Finals featured the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat, one of the best and toughest matchups yet. Here is a recap of how the series went, including quarterly scores and player stats.
In Game One, the Heat walked away with the win, but it was not easy. The Celtics were in the lead for the majority of the game, excluding the tie at halftime, but the Heat came back in the fourth quarter. Goran Dragic opened up a new can of worms on the Celtics, and they tied the game at 106. The Heat simply outplayed the tired Celtics in overtime and won 117-114. Dragic was the high scorer for the Heat with 29 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 block. Jayson Tatum was the high scorer for the Celtics with 30 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks.
In Game Two, the Heat took the win again, but it still was not an easy win. Jason Tatum and the Celtics were leading at halftime, but the Heat took control once again. They regained and kept the lead in the second half, winning 106-101. Dragic was the high scorer for the heat with 25 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Kemba Walker was the high scorer for the Celtics with 23 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block.
In Game Three, the Celtics stayed strong and got the win. Instead of letting the Heat come back in the second half, the Celtics banned together and fought them off. They kept their lead and finished off the game hotter than the Heat logo. The Celtics defeated the Heat 117-106. Jaylen Brown was the high scorer for the Celtics with 26 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 1 block. Bam Adebayo was the high scorer for the Heat with 27 points, 16 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals and 2 blocks.
“I hope the Celtics win the series!” junior Charisse Yip said.
In Game Four, the Heat came out with the win once again. This time around, the Heat were leading for the majority of the game, but only by a few points each quarter. The Celtics must have been off because Jayson Tatum did not score a single point for the entire first half. In the second half, the Celtics tried to come back, but the Heat held them off. Heat came out on top 112-109. Tyler Herro hit a career-high and became the second 20-year old to score so many points in a playoff game. The only other one was Magic Johnson in 1980. Herro had 37 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. The high scorer for the Celtics was Tatum with 28 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 3 blocks.
In Game Five, the Celtics held off the Heat once again. The game started off with a strong lead from the Heat, and everyone thought that it was over for the Celtics. The first half was brutal for any Celtics fan to watch, but the second half definitely made up for it. Kemba Walker gave a moving motivational speech at the half, and the entire team turned the game around. The Celtics regained the lead and then some, finishing 121-108. The high scorer for the Celtics was Jayson Tatum with 31 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 steal. Dragic was the high scorer for the Heat with 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
“I want the Boston Celtics to win, but I think Miami will make it.” junior Keaton Purtle said.
Well, Purtle was correct. The Heat took the Celtics head-on for this grueling Game Six. The game started with the Heat leading, but the Celtics were two points away from tying the game at the half. After that, the Celtics nearly came back in the third quarter, but the Heat kept at it and remained in the lead for the second half, ending in 125-113. Bam Adebayo was the high scorer for the Heat with 32 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal. Jaylen Brown was the high scorer for the Celtics with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.
The Celtics had a good run, but the Heat simply outplayed them with a series score of 4-2. Now it’s up to Jimmy Butler and the Heat to defend the East from LeBron and the Lakers in the West. Will the rookies outplay the veterans? Is LeBron going to play his best up against one of his former teams? Who will prove themselves to be the team of the season? The chips will fall where they may, and this season’s NBA Finals are up in the air.