The Boston Celtics avoided a third loss on the bounce after recording a 117-106 win over Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals.
The result sees the Celtics close the gap to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, having previously lost in consecutive games.
Meanwhile, the Miami Heat have now lost just twice in their last 12 playoff games
Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum were the stars of the show, as the Celtics put up a gallant performance in Florida.
The impressive Brown bagged 26 points while his teammate Tatum landed 25 points and 14 rebounds.
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Shooting guard Brown commended his teammates for their performance, saying “we played some good basketball all the way through.”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra also admitted that his side were simply not up to the level of the opponents during the game.
“They came out with great force in this game, and you do have to credit them for that,” he noted.
Meanwhile, the LA Lakers will look to go 2-0 up when they face the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference series.