The Cinderella run continues.
The Miami Heat dominated and torched the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals,103-84, to stamp their spot to the NBA Finals for the second time in four years.
The mighty Heat escaped themselves from being subjected to becoming the only team in NBA postseason history to blow an 0-3 series deficit, and they did it marvelously against a momentum-driven Boston squad that rode a home court advantage in the decisive match.
Five different players scored double-digits for the Heat, as Eastern Conference Finals MVP Jimmy Butler led the way with 28 points, seven boards, six assists and three steals. Meanwhile, Caleb Martin came up big with the game of his life and registered 26 points with four treys and 10 boards.
Boston still tried fighting as they entered the final frame down by just 10, but Miami went on to deliver a 27-point blitz behind the lead of Butler to completely leave the C’s away.
The Celtics disappointingly shot an uncharacteristic 39 percent from the field (9-of-42 treys). Jaylen Brown poured in 19 points, Derrick White had 18 while Jayson Tatum, who sprained his left ankle in the first possession of the do-or-die match, got 14.
Miami becomes the first team in the league record books since the 1999 New York Knicks to advance to the NBA Finals as an eight-seed. Amid the beautiful story they made, the Knicks weren’t able to overcome Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs as they collapsed in five games.
As the Celtics crumbled in Game 7, the association is yet to have a historic team that is able to prevail against a commanding 0-3 margin in a best-of-seven series.
The Heat will now officially regroup with the Nuggets waiting in Denver for their Finals opener this Thursday.