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Celtics ex­tend se­ries, roast the Heat in Game 5

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>>OR­LANDO: The Bos­ton Celtics roared back in the sec­ond half to beat the Mi­ami Heat 121-108 on Fri­day to stay alive in the NBA play-offs.

Jayson Ta­tum scored 31 points and pulled down 10 re­bounds and Jaylen Brown added 28 points as six Celtics play­ers scored in dou­ble fig­ures and Bos­ton cut the deficit in the best-of­seven East­ern Con­fer­ence fi­nals to three games to two.

Go­ran Dragic led the Heat with 23 points and Dun­can Robin­son added 20 for Mi­ami, who are try­ing to reach the NBA fi­nals for the first time since 2014.

With their sea­son hang­ing in the bal­ance, the Celtics ex­ploded for 41 points in the third quar­ter to turn the tide in a game dom­i­nated early by Mi­ami.

Un­der solid pres­sure from the Heat de­fence, the Celtics had made just one of their first 12 shots and con­nected on just five of 20 from the field in the first quar­ter.

Bos­ton trailed by as many as 12 in the open­ing pe­riod, which ended with the Heat lead­ing 26-18.

Mi­ami again built the lead to 12 in the sec­ond pe­riod and fin­ished the first half with a 58-51 lead.

But Bos­ton were be­gin­ning to see some shots fall, and as they turned up the in­ten­sity on both ends of the floor af­ter the in­ter­val Mi­ami had no an­swer.

The Celtics opened the sec­ond half with a 20-5 scor­ing run.

Mar­cus Smart’s three-poin­ter tied it up at 60-60 and Bos­ton took the lead for the first time in the con­test, 62-60, on Brown’s layup off a feed from Kemba Walker.

They wouldn’t trail again. Walker’s three-poin­ter with 4:26 min­utes left in the third gave Bos­ton a 10-point lead and the Celtics took a nine-point edge into the fi­nal frame, when they con­tin­ued to pour it on.

Ta­tum scored 17 in the third and the Celtics out-re­bounded the Heat 16-5 in the quar­ter.

The Celtics will try to build on their mo­men­tum against a Heat team de­ter­mined to put them away in Game Six to­day.

The win­ners of the se­ries take on ei­ther the Los An­ge­les Lakers or Den­ver Nuggets for the NBA ti­tle in the quar­an­tine bub­ble in Or­lando, Florida.

 ??  ?? VI­TAL VIC­TORY: The Celtics’ Jayson Ta­tum goes for a lay-up dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter against the Celtics.
VI­TAL VIC­TORY: The Celtics’ Jayson Ta­tum goes for a lay-up dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter against the Celtics.

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