Back at the wall, the Heat players start strong, unsurprisingly. The first quarter was particularly marked by Jimmy Butler’s “Show.” In great difficulty over the previous three games (9 points with 25% on shots), the winger regains his usual form in the 2022 qualifiers at the start of the sixth half: collects 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 interceptions after the first twelve minutes!
On the Boston side, it was the Jay duo who clearly set the tone in attack throughout the first period: the Celtics netted 14 of their team’s 22 points during the first quarter, then 36 (18 each) of 46 points in the first half .
Collectively, for The Heat, it has nothing to do with the previous game: After a bad 7/45 behind the arc in Game 5, Erik Spoelstra’s men quickly passed that low total and landed a nice 8/16 in the half time of this Game 6. Conversely, in a circle Radius for not very reassuring notes, we can only highlight the 12 lost balls Erik Spoelstra’s team, which ultimately leads by only two points to the break, despite a higher level of play than the Celtics (48-46).
The Celtics were ambushed during the third quarter, but failed to disrupt the course of the match. Because the Heat, always in the stratospheric momentum of Jimmy Butler, responds to every “run” of his opponent. On the other hand, in the last quarter, the Celtics ended up getting close. Thanks in particular to a very big pass from Derek White, who tied a winning shot to the chains and then a basket with an attacking foul and interception and then an offensive foul that caused the defence, the locals got back into the Heat (99-99) four minutes from the end of the encounter.
But Miami has no intention of going on vacation, and is acting accordingly. With first PJ Tucker, who intercepts a precious ball from Jayson Tatum’s hands, then Jimmy Butler, whose masterpiece punctuates his two crucial Money Time baskets for a second time, the “Spo” men give themselves some fresh air (104-99). The last seconds on the free throw line count. The Heat had a huge success abroad, after two very disappointing matches.
After a very short cut in the final minutes, the Celtics lost an opportunity to join Golden State in the final and must now get their ticket on hostile ground, into the floor of the Heat.
What to remember
Jimmy Butler’s masterpiece. In too much difficulty from Game 3 to Game 5, the Miami winger found his best level when his team needed him most. With already dense statistics in the first half (21 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists), he finished the match with 47 points (16/29), 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals to sign one of his greatest performances. . Again aggressive and sharp in attack, he cut through Boston’s defense all night, and carried his troops on his back, even. A real masterpiece.
Jaylen Brown disappeared in the second half. He was at 18 points in the first half, finished the game with 20 points (6/18). The Celtic full-back played a strange second spell, during which his offensive aggression completely disappeared. We will especially remember him surprisingly 0/2 on free throws, when the score was 99-99 four minutes from the end of the match, and Pushing force It was for the Celtics.
✅ Jimmy Butler. As mentioned earlier, it is a masterpiece that Jimmy Buckets made during this 6 game. Unrecognizable during the previous 3 games, he has regained his amazing level of play from the first two rounds at the best time, thanks to which the Heat survives. . Despite slowing down in recent days, the Heat winger underscores a very impressive 2022 qualifier.
✅ Max Strauss and Kyle Lowry Alarms. The first scored 4 points at 0/16 in shots (!) in aggregate games 4 and 5, when the second had 2 points at 1/12 in shots in aggregate in the last two matches. But in the face of the pressing situation the Heat found themselves in, they upped their game: 13 points at 3/8 three throws by Max Strauss, 18 points and 10 assists by Kyle Lowry. The two full-backs are superbly supporting Jimmy Butler.
✅ Derek White. The author of a very large clip that almost tip the scales in favor of the Celtics in the fourth quarter, he could have been the hero of the evening. The back collects 22 points (7/14), 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals from the bench.
⛔ Marcus Smart. A rain of bad choices for the Celtics leader (4/15 including 1/9 from afar), such a last shot at the end of possession, without delay, when there was a tie at 99 all around.
Boston offensive game “time of money”. While the Celtics seemed to have regained “momentum” at the start of the final 5 minutes, after 3 pointers from Derek White, their attack froze. Their match concluded trying to provoke favorable duels for Jayson Tatum but seconds passed, the winger got nothing and Miami managed to regain control of the match to snatch this crucial sixth match.
Game 7: In Miami, from Sunday night to Monday at 02:30