The 8th seed Miami Heat’s blast is currently in progress.
The Heat took the homecourt advantage by defeating the home team Celtics 123-116 in Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden in Boston on the 18th (Korean time).
The Heat, who started the first and second games of the series with the lowest seed, won all the first games against the Milwaukee Bucks, the New York Knicks, and the Boston Celtics.
In the history of the playoffs, there are only five teams that have won all three-series away games: the Houston Rockets in 1981, the Chicago Bulls in 1989, the New York Knicks in 1999, the Atlanta Hawks in 2021, and the Heat this season. Two of these teams made it to the Finals: the Rockets and the Knicks. But I couldn’t get to the top.
Heat’s small forward Jimmy Butler led the team to victory over the away disadvantage with 35 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. Butler recorded more than 30 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals twice on the road. The only holders of this record are Michael Jordan and Butler. In addition, Butler is the first in Heat’s PO history to score 35 points or more than 5 assists.
Bam Adebayo, a defensive rather than offensive center, supported Butler with 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Point guard Kyle Lowry, who came off the bench, also contributed to the victory with 15 points, including three 3-pointers.
The Celtics took control of the game with a 66-57, 9-point lead into the half. However, as the second half began, the situation changed. Heat’s Erik Spoelstra is regarded as the manager with the best late-half coordination skills. In the third quarter, the Heat poured in a whopping 46 points to take the lead. The Celtics scored only 25 points. It was the Heat’s most points per quarter in PO history and the second most points allowed by the Celtics.
Forward Jayson Tatum, who scored the most points in PO history in game 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, failed to shoot a single shot in the fourth quarter and committed only three turnovers, failing to take advantage of the home court. Scored 30 points and 7 rebounds. The two teams faced off in the conference finals last year, and the Celtics defeated the Heat 4-3 to advance to the Finals 스포츠토토.
The Heat made 16 of 31 3-pointers (51.6 percent), while the Celtics shot just 29 of 10 (34.5 percent). Both teams showed off high-sensitivity shots with Yatoo over 50%. The second game will take place on the 20th at the same place.