For the first time since 2014, the Miami Heat are in the NBA Finals.
Unsurprisingly, Game 6 of the series between the Heat and the Boston Celtics was very competitive. Both teams went on different runs. When Miami had a sizeable lead in the first half, the Celtics came back and cut the lead to two at halftime. Miami jumped out again with a seven-point lead in the third quarter, but Boston erased the lead with a 22-8 run to give them a six-point lead in the fourth quarter.
However, in the end, it was all Miami, who went on a 26-6 run to clinch the victory.
Here are takeaways from Sunday’s Heat win over the Celtics.
Heat center Bam Adebayo blamed himself for the Heat’s Game 5 loss against the Celtics. However, the Heat center responded with a huge performance in Game 6. Adebayo dominated the game on both ends of the floor. He scored in a variety of ways on the offensive end and had the face-up game, mid-range game, and pick-and-roll game going. Bam also impacted the contest with his playmaking. He was clearly the best player on the floor.
Adebayo finished with a playoff career-high 32 points, 14 rebounds, and five assists.
Herro in the clutch
It was a slow start for Heat rookie guard Tyler Herro. With the Celtics picking up their ball pressure, Herro turned the ball over a couple of times. Instead of letting the turnovers get to him, Herro remained calmed. With the Heat trailing by six in the fourth period, he made several huge plays to kick-off the Heat’s huge run. He got open for the three-point shot and drained it. He also hit a fadeaway jumper and attacked the basket. Even though he struggled early, the Heat stuck with him and it paid off.
Herro finished the night with 19 points and seven assists.
Once again, Heat forward Andre Iguodala played as the team’s backup center and provided huge minutes off the bench. As always, he showed off his versatility on both ends of the floor with his playmaking and defense. However, the one area he really excelled in on Sunday was his three-point shooting. When the defenders sagged off of him, Iguodala made them pay, connecting on all four of his three-point attempts.
Iguodala ended the night with 15 points on five-for-five shooting from the field, including four-for-four shooting from three-point range.
Finding their three-point range
In Game 5, the Heat could barely buy a bucket from beyond the arc. They shot 18 percent from three-point range despite having plenty of open looks. In Game 6, the team missed their first four three-pointers to start the game. However, then, Jae Crowder made a three midway in the first period. From there, the Heat made five three-pointers in a row. By halftime, they shot six of 14 from downtown.
Miami finished the game shooting 13 of 27 (48 percent) from beyond the arc.
Next up for the Heat is Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers is on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 9:00 p.m.
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