Celtics cruise to game four win behind Tatum’s 31
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
The best-of-seven series between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat is now a best-of-three to determine who will represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. The Celtics defeated the Heat 102-82 to tie the series at two games-a-piece.
The Celtics jumped out at the Heat early on, as Derrick White led a personal seven-zero run to kick off the game where he replaced the injured Marcus Smart in the starting lineup. Boston never looked back after a complete onslaught in the first quarter.
Miami struggled to convert on anything within their offence, as they went nearly nine-minutes without a field-goal made. The Heat shot three-for-20 from the field in a quarter that saw almost any shot attempt rim out as if a lid were on the basket.
Victor Oladipo broke the drought for the Heat, as he knocked down a three-point attempt with 3:13 left to play in the first. He was the lone bright spot for a team that saw only two other players reach double figures in scoring, albeit during garbage time minutes.
Oladipo finished with 23 points, four rebounds, and six assists to go along with his four-for-seven three-point shooting night.
The Celtics were led by Jayson Tatum, who bounced back after a game three performance that left much to be desired. He finished with 31 points, eight rebounds, and five assists on the night, including 12 of his 14 free throws made coming in the first half.
Both teams didn’t shoot particularly well, but the Heat dug themselves a hole they could never quite dig themselves out of due to their slow start in the first. Boston finished with a 40% field goal percentage compared to Miami’s 33%.
The Celtics had 38 attempts at the charity stripe on the night, while the Heat managed to get to the line a total of 14 times.
Miami will have a chance to shift the series in their favour as they return to South Beach for a pivotal game five against Boston on Wednesday. Tip-off begins at 8:30pm EST.