Celtics forward Jayson Tatum celebrates with guard Jaylen Brown. (Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports)
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The Boston Celtics got a critical road victory over the Heat in Game 5 with highlights proving team play and star power at the core of the win.
The Boston Celtics are one win away from the NBA Finals thanks to an emphatic Game 5 victory over the Heat, 93-80.
Jaylen Brown led the way with 25 points, going 5-of-9 from beyond the arc, while Jason Tatum came through with 22 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.
Now Boston has a 3-2 lead and they’ll head home for Game 6 with a chance of closing it out.
Here are the moments that got them there.
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It all starts here with a perfect example of team play.
Tatum grabbed the rebound and pushed it to Brown who tossed it to Derrick White who delivered it perfectly for an Al Horford alley-oop.c
The game was very much in the balance when Horford made another impressive play on the fastbreak, this time running it all himself.
Boston outscored Miami on the fastbreak 13-5.
Finally, there’s Brown’s finishing move. This fourth-quarter dunk was the perfect way to send his team back home with a victory.
With just five minutes left in the game, Brown made sure the Heat and the entire arena felt the defeat keenly. It was the cherry on top of a dominant second-half performance for the team in green.
Boston will host Miami in Game 6 on Friday. A victory will put them through to the NBA Finals. A loss will extend the series and put the Heat back on their home court in Game 7. Then they’ll need to find a way to win a third road game in this series.