Celtics Rout Heat 118-84 in Game 5,Advance to Eastern Conference Semifinals

The Boston Celtics dominated the Miami Heat 118-84 in Game 5, winning the series 4-1 and advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Celtics' victory marked a significant step in their quest for another championship, exacting revenge against the Heat who eliminated them last year.

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Celtics Rout Heat 118-84 in Game 5,Advance to Eastern Conference Semifinals

Celtics Rout Heat 118-84 in Game 5,Advance to Eastern Conference Semifinals

The Boston Celtics dominated the Miami Heat 118-84 in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series on Wednesday night, winning the series 4-1 and advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Celtics exacted revenge against the Heat, who had eliminated them in Game 7 of the conference finals last year.

Jaylen Brown and Derrick White led the charge for the Celtics, each scoring 25 points, with White hitting five 3-pointers. Sam Hauser added 17 points off the bench, and Jayson Tatum contributed 16 points and 12 rebounds. "It is a lot of history, back and forth. But it didn't matter who it was," Brown said after the game. "We just had to get the job done."

The Celtics never trailed in the game and led by as many as 37 points. They exploited Miami's injuries, with the Heat struggling mightily from 3-point range, connecting on just 3 of 29 attempts. Bam Adebayo paced the Heat with 23 points and six assists, while Tyler Herro added 15 points.

Boston played without center Kristaps Porzingis, who strained his right calf in Game 4. However, the Celtics' depth proved too much for the depleted Heat roster. Miami was missing starters Jimmy Butler (knee), Terry Rozier (neck), and rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr. (hip injury).

The Celtics' victory marks a significant step in their quest for another championship. "I think this is my fourth time playing them in playoffs," Tatum said. "They all count the same. ... We did our job. We took care of business." The team's mental toughness and growth were evident throughout the series, as they never allowed Miami to gain momentum.

For the Heat, this early exit from the playoffs is a harsh wake-up call about the challenges they face. "They probably had something to motivate them even more against us,"Heat coach Erik Spoelstra acknowledged after the game. Despite the disappointment, Adebayo remains optimistic about the team's future."We've gained a lot of mental toughness. Going through that as a captain, it helped me understand that the ship's going to get rocky sometimes,"he said.

The Celtics now await their opponent in the Eastern Conference semifinals, which will be determined by the outcome of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic series. The Cavaliers currently lead the series 3-2, with Game 6 set to take place in Orlando on Friday night.

The Celtics connected on 16 3-pointers and hit 40% of their attempts, while the Heat struggled with a dismal 3-of-29 performance from beyond the arc. Boston trailed for only 56 seconds total during their four victories in the series, and Miami finished with fewer than 90 points in each of the last three games. The Celtics will undoubtedly draw upon the lessons learned from their previous playoff battles against the Heat, looking ready to make a deep run in the 2024 NBA playoffs.

Key Takeaways

  • Celtics dominate Heat 118-84 in Game 5, winning series 4-1.
  • Jaylen Brown and Derrick White score 25 points each to lead Celtics.
  • Heat struggle with injuries, shooting 3-of-29 from 3-point range.
  • Celtics advance to Eastern Conference semifinals, await next opponent.
  • Celtics' depth and mental toughness prove too much for depleted Heat.