The Boston Celtics are headed to the NBA Finals. After winning Game 5 in South Beach, they had a golden opportunity to book their place up against the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 at home but let it go to waste. They didn’t let this chance, however, getaway as they went on the road and held off Jimmy Butler and co. to win 100-96. He was once again very good, scoring 35 and leading a valiant comeback attempt that came up just short in the end.
He just didn’t get the help he needed to complete it as the Celtics had evenly split up the scoring load between its three-star players. Jayson Tatum had 26 (with 10 rebounds) while both Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown had 24 apiece. Bam Adebayo did have 25 with 11 rebounds, but the Heat didn’t get enough from anyone else to take them above the Celtics and into the Finals. That means the Celtics took down the Heat three times in Miami in the series, and that in all of those games that the Heat didn’t get over 102 points. It will be a big ask, but if they can replicate that sort of thing against Golden State then they could be crowned champions.