Miami Dominate Boston in Game 7, Advance to Face Denver Nuggets in NBA Finals

Miami Dominate Boston in Game 7, Advance to Face Denver Nuggets in NBA Finals

Joel Reyes
May 30, 2023 at 4:15 AM
  • The Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 7 on Monday night
  • Jimmy Butler and Caleb Martin starred for the Heat in the winner-take-all contest
  • Butler was named the Eastern Conference Finals MVP after Miami’s win

The Miami Heat are moving on to the 2023 NBA Finals.

They avoided a historic collapse on Monday night, recording a 103-84 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Celtics were attempting to become the first team in NBA history to come back from a 0-3 series deficit.

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Alonzo Mourning presents Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat with the Larry Bird Trophy after Butler was named the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals MVP. Image: Adam Glanzman
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Butler and Martin lead Heat

Jimmy Butler, Caleb Martin, and the rest of the Heat denied the Celtics celebrating that grand achievement.

Butler scored 28 points for the Heat, who reached the NBA Finals for the second time in four seasons, per ESPN.

He stuffed the stat sheet, finishing with seven rebounds, six assists, and three steals in 43 minutes of action.

Caleb Martin was also remarkable for Miami, registering a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds.

He made two big baskets in the final 30 seconds of the third quarter that helped Miami build a 10-point lead entering the final frame.

The Heat pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Celtics 27-18 in the final 12 minutes.

Miami made history with the win, becoming the first No. 8 seed to play for an NBA championship since the New York Knicks in 1999.

Heat's wild ride to Finals

It has been a wild ride for the Heat, who had to go through the Play-In Tournament to make it to the Playoffs.

They defeated the Chicago Bulls in a second-chance play-in to lock up the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Heat then shocked the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks in the first round before beating the New York Knicks in six games in the Eastern Conference semis.

The Heat looked to be on their way to an easy series win over the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, but they let slip a 3-0 lead.

Miami bounced back, however, in Game 7 to set up a Finals showdown with the Denver Nuggets.

Adebayo’s Game 7 production

Sports Brief recently reported on the keys for the Heat in Game 7 against the Celtics.

Bam Adebayo was identified as the player who needed to step up for Miami against Boston.

He scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Game 7 win.

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