The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics put up another great battle in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Finals series.
This time, it was Boston who had to come back from a double digit lead. Miami held a small lead throughout most of the game, and even pushed the advantage to as much as 12 points midway through the third quarter.
However, the Celtics came back to life, and fought back all the way until Daniel Theis gave them a 85-84 lead with 8:44 left in the fourth quarter.
Their opponents came back, though, and electric rookie Tyler Herro made it 91-85 for the Heat with 6:49 left. The teams traded baskets for a few minutes, and the Celtics got it to within 98-95 with 3:17 left.
Miami went on a 9-3 run to make it a 107-98 game with 56.2 seconds left. The refs did their best to keep the Celtics in the game after, as they made a big bunch of confusing calls, from phantom fouls, to weird jump balls, to the wrong possession calls.
Herro put on a dazzling display on the offensive end for the Heat. He made shots from everywhere on the floor – from deep threes, beautiful reverse layups, to jumpers that rattled in and out but refused to stay out of the bucket. He led the game in scoring with 37 points, six rebounds, and three assists.
Bam Adebayo looked to have hurt his hand later in the game, which will be a worry for Erik Spoelstra and he put up a solid 20 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists. Goran Dragic contributed 22 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
As has become the norm, Heat star Jimmy Butler didn’t lead his team in any statistical categories with 24 points, nine rebounds, and three assists. His presence was felt, though, especially in the fourth quarter. He was involved in many of the key defensive and offensive plays down the stretch. He also hit three of four free throws in the final seconds of the game to preserve the 112-109 victory.
Jayson Tatum struggled in the first half, but continued to show his superstar qualities as he led the Celtics with 28 points, nine rebounds, and four assists. Jaylen Brown had 21 points and nine rebounds. Kemba Walker also had 20 points.