BOSTON — Jimmy Butler had 47 factors, 9 rebounds and eight assists and the Miami Warmth compelled the Japanese Convention finals to a decisive seventh sport by beating the Boston Celtics 111-103 on Friday evening.
Ten years after LeBron James scored 45 factors in Boston to assist the Warmth keep away from elimination in Sport 6 of the convention finals en path to the primary of their back-to-back NBA titles, Butler had 17 factors within the fourth quarter to prime him and ship the sequence again to Miami.
With a victory at dwelling Sunday, the Warmth would advance to the NBA Finals for the second time in three years.
In essentially the most back-and-forth sport of the sequence, Boston took a 97-94 lead on Derrick White’s 3-pointer with underneath 5 minutes to play — the primary time all sequence the lead has modified fingers within the fourth quarter. Kyle Lowry answered with a 3 after which added two free throws as Miami scored 11 of the following 13 factors.
Lowry completed with 18 factors and 10 assists earlier than fouling out with 2:18 left. Butler made 16 of 29 photographs, hitting 4 of 8 from 3-point vary and all 11 free throws.
Jayson Tatum had 30 factors and 9 rebounds and Derrick White got here off the bench to attain 11 of his 22 factors within the fourth quarter for Boston. The Celtics are attempting to succeed in the finals for the primary time since 2010.
Boston’s Jaylen Brown scored 20 factors, lacking a pair of free throws with the sport tied at 99 after Lowry fouled out. Brown fouled out himself on a cost offensive that was assessed after a problem on a missed dunk with 13 seconds left and the Celtics down by 4.