Heat 82 vs 102 Celtics summary: stats and highlights | NBA Eastern Conference Finals
The Boston Celtics needed a win over the Miami Heat in Game 4 after dropping their opener at TD Garden on Saturday. Jayson Tatum made sure the Celtics would be going back to Miami tied at 2-2 with a 31point performance in the 102-82 win.
White fills in for Smart in Game 4
Tatum and the Celtics were a perfect 4-0 in the playoffs coming off of losses, and stretched that streak to 5 straight wins on the rebound with the Game 4 victory on Monday night.
Boston got a big response from their super star Jayson Tatum who scored just 10 points in the Game 3 loss, but it was Derrick White who got things rolling early for the Celtics. He started in place of the injured Marcus Smart and had the game’s first seven points and finished the first quarter with 10.
While White got the Celtics out of the gate on the right foot, it was the defense that helped build a big early lead that Boston would hang on to for the rest of the game. They held the Heat scoreless for the first four minutes of the game, and didn’t allow a field goal for the first eight minutes of the game.
Tatum making a habit of hot starts
After jumping out to an 18-1 run, the Tatum and the Celtics continued to build upon their lead early on. Boston extended their cushion over the Heat to 24 at halftime as Tatum went for 20+ in the first half for the third time this series.
The lead stretched all the way to 32 in the second half and the Heat starters were limited to just 18 points in Game 4, and if it wasn’t for Victor Oladipo’s 23 points.
Tatum finished the game with 31 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while four other Celtics posted double digits including Payton Pritchard who had 14 on the night.
Stay tuned for Game 5 on Wednseday
This has been a back and forth series that has featured 20+ points leads in each of the first four games.
We now head south for Game 5 as the Heat will host the Celtics on Wednesday night looking to bounce back from a disappointing showing at TD Garden. Tip off is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.
They may have been without the Defensive Player of the Year, Marcus Smart, but Robert Williams stepped up on a night where the Cetlics had 11 blocks.
Tatum had 24 in the first half, making it the third time this series he's gone to halftime with 20+ points.
Everything looked like it came easy for the Celtics in the Game 4 win, especially early on when they jumped out to an 18-1 lead.
Horford with the assist to Williams, and the 35 year old vet continues to prove his worth game after game. He did all the little things in the Game 4 win. He had 5 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 blocks on the night.
White filled in for the injured Marus Smart and got the party going early with the games first 7 points.
It's all over from TD Garden! The Celtics cruise to a Game 4 victory and tie the series up at 2-2.
Stauskas to the line and he hits both.
Robinson again! He's 4-7 from downtown
Theis driving down the baseline and gets the slam.
Robinson from downtown! He has been struggling this post season, but these will prove valuable minutes for him.
Yurtseven jams the alley oop and the crowd is starting to filter out of the TD Garden here in Boston with four minutes left.
Neismith on the floater in the lane.
Pritchard says not so fast! He drills the three ball and has 5 quick points.
Vincent with back to back triples!
Pritchard on the floater after getting in the lane.
Vincent drops a three ball!
Oladipo continues to pad his stats. He drops a three ball and has 23 on the night.
Dedmon using the glass from outside the paint.
Theis down low on the feed from Pritchard.
Robinson out of the timeout drills the three.
Pritchard off the dribble, and he hits the mid range jumper. The starters are still in for Udoka, but we will see if they remain in after the timeout just called with under 9 minutes to go.
White to the line and he hits two of two. He's got 13 on the night.
Robinson with a three ball, but Horford answers with a three of his own.
Pritchard from downtown!. Boston is just 6-28 from three point range, but they still lead by 27
Dedmon on the alley oop from Oladipo.
Williams goes to the line and he hits two of two.
Oladipo ends the quarter with a jumper and he's got 20. We are headed to the fourth and the Celtics are in command, as they have been since the very beginning.
Tatum out of the timeout with a three ball!
Robinson drops a jumper and that will provoke a timeout from Boston who have given up a slight run over the last few minutes. Nothing to dramatic, but coach Udoka just wants to get the C's back on track.
Martin with a pull up from the mid range.
Martin gets the floater, and one, but misses the FT.
Adebayo on the release and he gets the easy bucket.
Butler just went to the bench, and that might be the end of his night.
Brown goes coast to coast after the Tatum block. How long before both coaches pull their starters?
Brown gathers his own rebound and gets the put back. He's now in double digits with 10.
Martin from downtown and he's got 5 quick points.
Martin gets the bucket to bring the lead back to 30.
Horford to the line where he gets two of two for his first points of the game.
Tatum from 10 feet and then goes right back to the rack on the next possession! He's got 30 on the night as the Celtics lead by 30.
Adebayo to the line and he hits two of two.
Horford to Williams over the top. He's got 12 points and 9 rebounds.
Adebayo gets the offensive board and the slam. He has just two FGs tonight.
Tatum back to the line where he has been 16 times today. He hits both and has 26 points already.
Williams finishes the alley oop off the White assist to start the second half.
We are back in action from TD Garden!
The Celtics defense has been a huge part of the success tonight. They held the Heat to 11 points in the first quarter, and the Heat starters have just 12 total points.
Jayson Tatum has 24 points through two quarter. He has had 20+ in the first half three different times during this series.
White had the first 7 points of the game. He is doing a great job filling in for Marcus Smart who is out with an ankle injury.
Victor Oladipo has more than half of the Heat points. He's got 18 points on 5-7 shooting Butler has just 6 points and Miami is shooting under 30% from the field.
Jayson Tatum leads all scorers with 24 points after scoring just 10 last game. Derrick White had a huge first half filling in for the injured Marcus Smart. He had 10 first quarter points and heads to halftime with 11.
That will do it for the first half! The Celtics are all over the Miami Heat after a quick start to the game.
Tatum back to the line and he's got 24 points and is 12-14 from the line.
Adebayo with his first FG of the night, and he goes to the line after the Wiliams foul. FT is no good.
Lowry drops a three with under 2 minutes to go in the half.
Tatum has 20 points in the first half for the third time this series.
Tatum at the line and he hits both. The Heat starters have a total of 7 points. There is just 2:34 to go in the second quarter.
Oladipo on the floater high off the glass. He's got 18. Timeout from Boston with 2:34 left in the first half.
White to the line and the Celitcs continue to build the lead at the free throw line. He hits one of two.
R. Williams back to the line and hits another pair from the stripe.
Oladipo with a corner three! He's got 16 of the Heat's 26 points.
R. Williams to the line and he hits both.
Brown to the line and he hits one of two
I know it's early, but if Jimmy Butler has knee issues, Coach Spoelstra might think about pulling him perhaps even in this first half.
Wililams strings a three from the near corner and the lead is up to 24!
Tatum back at the line and he hits both. He's already doubled the 10 points he scored in Game 3.
Tatum from a tough angle underneath the basket. He's got 18 already, 6 in this quarter.
Brown with a strong move to the iron and the Celtics are firing on all cylinders at the moment.
Martin drops a three to slow the streak of Tatum.
Tatum puts in on the deck and finished with the reverse.
Tatum spots up from the elbow! He's got 14 points already.
Oladipo on the step back and where would the Heat be without Oladipo tonight?
Brown with a three ball and that ends an 0-7 start for the man who scored 40 last game.
Oladipo to the line and he hits two of two. He's in double digits on the night.
Williams on the put back and the size of the Celtics is showing against this Heat front court.
Oladipo with a three to start the second quarter. He's got 9 already.
A red hot Celitcs start has Boston off on the front foot first. They lead by 18 thanks to a brilliant first quarter from Derrick White who has 10, while Jayson Tatum has 12. Miaim went just 3-20 in that first quarter.Victor Oladipo is the Heat's leading scorer with 6.
White to the line where he hits one of two. He's got 10 points in this first quarter.
Wililams to the line and he hits 2 of 2.
Butler in transition, and that was a great feed in transition from Vincent. Seven straight points for the Heat, who needed a little run to end this first quarter.
Oladipo back to the line and he hits one of two.
Oladipo to the line and he hits both.
Butler hits a midrange jumper for the first time tonight.
Tatum fouled by Robinson from behind the arc, and he hits all three from the line.
White back at it, this time on a floater from the baseline.
Tatum off the dribble and he drops the three ball!
Oladipo finally gets a three to drop over 8 minutes into the game.
Boston has started this game 0-13 from the field to start the game. They are the first team ever without a FG in the first 7 minutes of a playoff game.
Tatum to the line, and he knocks down two of two.
White to Tatum on the alley oop in transition! What a start as Miami is 0-10 from the field.
Tatum out of the timeout with a pump fake and drops the mid range effort from the baseline.
Tatum was getting treatment on that right shoulder of his during the timeout. It's obvious that he is far from 100% tonight, but without Smart he is going to have to carry even more weight on those shoulders.
We have our first timeout here from TD Garden five minutes and change into the first half and it has been a sensational start for the Celtics tonight. White is leading the way with 7 points already.
Tatum streaking to the basket, gets the bucket, absorbs the contact and gets the foul. The FT is no good.
Horford over the top to Williams for the alley oop! That was the first FG not scored by White for the Celtics.
Adebayo to the line after getting fouled by Horford. He gets one of two to go for the Heat's first point four minutes in.
Tatum fouled by Adebayo, but he can only hit one of two.
White back to the rack and he's got the first 7! He had 3 total points in the series coming into tonight.
White bangs home a three ball, and that's got to be a comforting sight for Boston fans. He's got the first 5.
White with the first bucket of the game. He is the one filling in for the injured Smart tongiht, and wiull need to be big on the offensive end and even more importantly on the defensive end.
We are underway in Game 4 from TD Garden!!!
Jimmy Butler will play tonight despite still feeling the effect of a swollen knee, but the Heat will be without Tyler Herro tonight. The Miami sixth man is out tonight with a groin injury.
The Celtics got a bit of good news and a bit of bad news before tonight's huge match up. Jayson Tatum will play tonight after hurting his shoulder late in the last game. Marcus Smart, however, will not play tonight as he is still suffering some swelling in that twisted ankle he suffered earlier this series.
Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics come into the tonight looking like they are about their buisness in a pivotal Game 4 from TD Garden.
The Heat come into Boston showing the drip and looking to take a two game lead in the series. How many pairs of shoes do you think P.J. Tucker has in that bag?
Butler: Will he or won't he
The Heat have their own injury problems coming into tonight. Jimmy Butler sat out the second half of Game 3 due to inflammation in his right knee. He is listed as questionable coming into Game 4 and Max Strus says the Heat will be ready for whatever challenge awaits. "That's something we're going to have to get to the drawing board and figure out," guard Max Strus said of the possibility of not having Butler. "Obviously, losing a big piece like that is huge. We'll figure it out. We have a lot of guys in this locker room that are willing and able to step up and we have a great coaching staff to put us in great situations."
Tatum injury update
Tatum is expected to play tonight. He is listed as probable after suffering the injury in the fourth quarter on Saturday. "My neck got caught in a weird position," said the Boston star. "Obviously I went down and felt some pain and discomfort in my neck and down my arm, and then went to the back. I got it checked on, and started to gain some feeling back and got it checked by the doctors and ran some tests and decided to give it a go."
Game 4 recap
The Heat snagged grabbed a crucial Game 3 win in Boston on Saturday after losing control of homecourt advantage to the Celtics in Miami. Jaylen Brown exploded for 40 points as the Celtics secondary star took the reigns after Jayson Tatum hurt his shoulder in the contest, but it wasn't enough to grab the opener in Boston as Bam Adebayo stepped up in the absence of Jimmy Butler in the second half. The Heat big man posted posted 31 and 10 after struggling in the first two games of the series.
We are live from TD Garden
Hello everyone and welcome to Boston where the Miami Heat have a chance to take a commanding lead in the Eastern Conference Finals before heading back to FTX Arena, while the Celtics will look to remain in the series despite battling through some injury issues.
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It's Game 4, and the Miami Heat have a 2-1 lead over the Boston Celitcs. AS English will have live coverage, stats, scores and highlights from this crucial matchup up from from TD Garden.