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NBA: Celtics cruise past Heat in Game 5, extend series again


 Derrick White #9 of the Boston Celtics reacts to a three point basket during the first quarter M in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 25, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Derrick White #9 of the Boston Celtics reacts to a 3 level basket through the first quarter M in recreation 5 of the Jap Convention Finals at TD Backyard on Could 25, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Photographs/AFP

Derrick White scored 24 factors because the host Boston Celtics staved off elimination for the second consecutive contest with a 110-97 win over the Miami Warmth in Sport 5 of the Jap Convention finals on Thursday.

The Warmth by no means lead within the recreation, however they nonetheless maintain a 3-2 edge within the best-of-seven collection as they head residence for Sport 6 on Saturday.

White made 8 of 11 pictures — together with 6 of 8 from 3-point vary — and Boston’s Marcus Sensible sank 7 of 12 and 4 of 6, respectively, to spotlight his 23-point efficiency. Sensible additionally had 5 steals for the second-seeded Celtics.

Jayson Tatum collected 21 factors, 11 assists and eight rebounds within the victory, and teammate Jaylen Brown scored 21 factors whereas taking pictures 3-for-5 from 3-point vary. Brown entered Thursday having made simply 3 of 25 pictures from past the arc within the collection.

The Celtics shot a sturdy 50.6 p.c from the ground (40 of 79) and 41 p.c from 3-point vary (16 of 39). These percentages got here on the heels of Boston making 51.2 p.c of its pictures from the ground and 40 p.c from past the arc in a 116-99 victory in Sport 4 on Tuesday.

Miami’s Duncan Robinson made 7 of 10 pictures to attain 18 factors off the bench. Bam Adebayo collected 16 factors and eight rebounds, Haywood Highsmith added 15 factors and Jimmy Butler and Caleb Martin every had 14 for the eighth-seeded Warmth.

Kyle Lowry scored simply 5 factors and dedicated 4 of his workforce’s 16 turnovers whereas beginning instead of the injured Gabe Vincent (sprained left ankle).

Boston bolted out of the blocks by scoring 14 unanswered factors to grab a 20-5 lead. Tatum highlighted his 12-point first quarter with an emphatic dunk that gave the Celtics a 28-13 lead, and White completed with 11 factors within the interval after draining a 3-pointer on the buzzer.

Miami trimmed the deficit to 53-41 with 2:59 remaining within the second quarter earlier than Boston ignited an 8-0 run. White and Sensible every drained a 3-pointer throughout that surge to assist the Celtics declare a 61-44 benefit at halftime.

Boston prolonged the result in 18 factors after three quarters and scored the primary six factors of the fourth to place the sport on ice.

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