Eastern Conference finals MVP Jayson Tatum led the way with 26 points, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart each added 24 and the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat 100-96 on Sunday night to earn a berth in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
After a 47-point Game 6 performance on Friday in Boston, Jimmy Butler led the Miami Heat with 35 points along with nine rebounds in Game 7. Bam Adebayo added 25 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists for the Heat.
Following a series-ending victory over the Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum shared some of his thoughts on how outside noise motivated the team to come together:
“From saying that we need to split the group up, get rid of somebody or me and JB can’t play together, that fueled us to figure it out and not run from it … I think instead of separating, we became closer.”