The Boston Celtics have looked elimination in the face four times this postseason and still haven’t blinked. Derrick White had 24 points, including six three-pointers, and the Celtics dominated the Miami Heat 110-97 on Thursday night in Game 5 to extend the Eastern Conference finals.
Marcus Smart had 23 points and five steals. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown finished with 21 points apiece as the Celtics won their second straight and trimmed Miami’s series lead to 3-2.
The Celtics are halfway to becoming the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a series. “We’ve got to do whatever it takes to get a win,” White said.
Boston also survived two elimination games in the second round against the 76ers. Teams that fell behind 3-0 are 0-150 all-time in series. “It just says that our backs are against the wall and we’re sticking together and we’re competing at a high level to give ourselves a chance,” Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said.Read more on theguardian.com