Backed to the brink, Boston rallied to keep its conference finals series alive.
The Celtics earned their first win after three straight losses with a 116-99 victory over the visiting Miami Heat on Thursday in Game 4 of the best-of-seven National Basketball Association (NBA) Eastern Conference playoffs for the 2022-2023 season. Game 5 will be played on Nov. 26 at home in Boston. There have been 150 times in the history of the best-of-seven series where a team has dropped Games 1 through 3 and then bounced back to win the remaining four games.
For Boston, Game 4 was a literal “must-win” game, and Jayson Tatum, the “Fixer,” came through. Tatum erased his Game 3 slump with a game-high 33 points, including four three-pointers, to go along with 11 rebounds and seven assists. He scored 14 of his points in the third quarter to help turn the game around. After finishing the half trailing by six points, 50-56, Boston rallied to take a 15-point lead in the third quarter and never relinquished the lead in the fourth. Tatum, who is averaging 28.1 points in 17 PO games this season, was held to 14 points in Game 3 two nights ago on 33.3 percent field goal shooting.
“We were just focused on continuing our season,” Tatum said after the Game 4 win. “We don’t have a choice,” Boston coach Joe Mazzulla said, “we have to stick together as a team 먹튀검증.”
Miami was led by Jimmy Butler’s 29 points, nine rebounds and five assists, but the rest of the team’s scoring support wasn’t up to par. The Heat committed 15 turnovers on the night, which led to 27 points off turnovers.