Derrick White scored 24 points as the host Boston Celtics staved off elimination for the second consecutive contest with a 110-97 win over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday. White made 8 of 11 shots — including 6 of 8 from 3-point range — and Boston’s Marcus Smart sank 7 of 12 and 4 of 6, respectively, to highlight his 23-point performance. Smart also had five steals for the second-seeded Celtics.
Jayson Tatum collected 21 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in the victory, and teammate Jaylen Brown scored 21 points while shooting 3-for-5 from 3-point range. Brown entered Thursday having made just 3 of 25 shots from beyond the arc in the series.
The Celtics shot a robust 50.6 percent from the floor (40 of 79) and 41 percent from 3-point range (16 of 39). Those percentages came on the heels of Boston making 51.2 percent of its shots from the floor and 40 percent from beyond the arc in a 116-99 victory in Game 4 on Tuesday. headtopics.com
Miami’s Duncan Robinson made 7 of 10 shots to score 18 points off the bench. Bam Adebayo collected 16 points and eight rebounds, Haywood Highsmith added 15 points and Jimmy Butler and Caleb Martin each had 14 for the eighth-seeded Heat.
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Celtics thrive on 3s, beat Heat 110-97 in Game 5 to extend East finalsDerrick White had 24 points, including six 3-pointers, and the Boston Celtics dominated the Miami Heat 110-97 on Thursday night in Game 5 to extend the Eastern Conference finals.
Celtics beat Heat 110-97 in Game 5 to extend East finalsDerrick White had 24 points, including six 3-pointers.
Celtics beat Heat in Game 5 to extend Eastern Conference finalDerrick White had 24 points, including six 3-pointers, and the Boston Celtics dominated the Miami Heat 110-97 in Game 5 to extend the Eastern Conference finals.
NBA playoffs: Celtics rout Heat to force Game 6 in Eastern Conference finalsThe Boston Celtics live to play another day, again. The Celtics staved off elimination for the second straight game with a 110-97 win over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday in Boston. Game 6 of the series is Saturday in Miami. Derrick White led the way for the Celtics with 24 points and Marcus Smart added 23 points. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each had 21 points. For the Heat, Duncan Robinson was the leading scorer with 18 points off the bench.