Some basketball video games go right down to the final second. Sport 6 of the Japanese Convention Finals between the Boston Celtics and Miami Warmth got here right down to the final tenth of a second.
Derrick White tipped in a Marcus Good miss with 0.1 seconds to offer Boston a one-point win over Miami, after the Warmth got here again from down 98-88 within the remaining 4 minutes to take a late lead.
After the sport, TNT’s Ernie Johnson requested Boston’s Jaylen Brown, “Do you imagine what you simply noticed on the market? As a result of I do not.”
Brown slowly smiled and replied, “I do not, however we right here.”
Boston stifled Miami inside all evening, blocking eight photographs and holding Bam Adebayo to 4-16 taking pictures.
Jimmy Butler began 3-18, however he scored 13 factors within the final 4 minutes, placing Miami forward by making three clutch free throws with three seconds left.
It was his third three-point play of the stretch. Butler additionally sunk a three-pointer and received an and-one on a driving layup.
If the Warmth had held on on the finish, Boston would have been haunted by a call to problem the decision after Al Horford fouled Butler. Not solely was it an apparent foul, however after they regarded on the replay, officers realized that Butler’s ft had been behind the three-point line, so that they awarded him three free throws.
On an evening the place Jayson Tatum shot 0-8 from three-point vary and Boston as a group shot a season-low 7-35 from deep, the Celtics did it with their protection. They held the Warmth to solely 19 factors within the third quarter, regardless of Miami going into the foul bonus with 9 minutes to go.
Tatum completed with 31 factors. Brown had 26, and Marcus Good had 21 factors and made 4 threes. However as soon as once more, Boston fell aside late. The Celtics fouled Butler a number of instances and left Warmth sharpshooter Duncan Robinson large open for 2 late misses from three.
Boston has an opportunity to develop into the primary NBA group to return again from a 3-0 deficit within the playoffs. The 2004 Boston Crimson Sox had been the one baseball group to do it, and maybe smelling historical past, former Crimson Sox heart fielder Johnny Damon attended the sport.
Sport 7 occurs Monday evening in Boston. After seeing how the video games on this sequence have ended, it is laborious to foretell who will win — even with three seconds left.