The Boston Celtics came into Friday night knowing they had a ton of work to do if they wanted to somehow turn their Eastern Conference Finals series with the Miami Heat around. Down 3-1 after four games, the next three games they play are must-wins. They started by keeping it simple on the evening, winning Game 5 to ensure they get at least one more game.
The 121-108 win looks routine, but it wasn’t early on as Miami had a decent lead in the first quarter. However, the Celtics took over in a dominant second half by outscoring the Heat by 16. They added a further four to the margin in the fourth quarter as they shut the door on Miami this time around. Jayson Tatum led all scorers on the night with 31 points, while Jaylen Brown added 28 to buoy them to a win that was desperately required. Tatum also had a double-double showing as he grabbed 10 boards, while the same feat was accomplished by unheralded Daniel Theis (15 points and 13 rebounds). Goran Dragic led the Heat on an off night by dropping 23 despite being under .500 from the field.