The Miami Heat faced a challenging game against the Boston Celtics, missing their starting point guard Gabe Vincent due to an ankle sprain. Unfortunately, the Heat couldn’t overcome the absence and suffered a significant loss with a final score of 110-97.
The Celtics displayed their remarkable shooting skills once again, carrying forward their impressive performance from Game 4. They excelled behind the arc, converting an impressive 16 three-pointers while maintaining a 41% shooting percentage. This efficient shooting allowed the Celtics to maintain the lead throughout the entire game, even reaching a staggering 24-point lead in the 4th quarter. On the other hand, the Heat experienced a slight shooting slump but still managed to hit 9 three-pointers at a decent 39% shooting efficiency.
The stark contrast in three-point conversions clearly indicates the Heat’s inability to contain the Celtics’ scorching hot shooting night. Adding to Miami’s woes, they committed over 16 turnovers, providing the Celtics with easy fast-break points and further extending their advantage.
The Celtics’ offense was not solely reliant on their main duo, as their supporting cast stepped up admirably. Derrick White led the charge with an impressive game-high of 24 points, closely followed by Marcus Smart with 21 points. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum also contributed significantly, each scoring 21 points, with Tatum adding 11 assists and 8 rebounds to his stellar performance.
The Miami Heat, despite the loss, had some notable performances as well. Duncan Robinson showcased his skills with 18 points and 9 assists, while Bam Adebayo demonstrated his versatility with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Haywood Highsmith had a standout game, contributing 15 points. Additionally, Caleb Martin and Jimmy Butler struggled but still managed to score 14 points each.
Highsmith’s exceptional performance in Game 5 deserves recognition. Although he had been a starter for most of the regular season, he hadn’t received significant minutes in this year’s playoffs until now. With such a remarkable display, it is safe to say that he has earned a spot in the rotation and should receive valuable playing time in Game 6.
With back-to-back wins, the Celtics have gained momentum and shifted the pressure back onto the Miami Heat. Miami now faces a must-win situation in Game 6 to close out the series before potentially heading back to the historic TD Garden for a decisive Game 7.
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