Will the dream still shatter for Miami? Boston is creeping closer again and can still dream of a new NBA final

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The Boston Celtics recorded their second straight win in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat on Thursday. In the TD Garden in Boston it became 110-97, bringing the Celtics back to 3-2 in the head-to-head encounters. Whoever wins four times first can go to the NBA finals.

Jeroen DePauw

The leading role for the Celtics this time was – very surprisingly – reserved for Derrick White, who accounted for 24 points and became the top scorer. Marcus Smart came to 23 points.

Derrick White (r) was a scourge for Jimmy Butler (l). — © EPA-EFE

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the stars in the fourth confrontation earlier this week, both finished on 21 points. With the visitors from Miami, Jimmy Butler had an off-day with just 14 points, Duncan Robinson was top scorer with 18 pieces.

Unseen remontada in the making?

The Miami Heat got off to a scorching start in this playoff against the Boston Celtics. Completely against all odds, Miami won the first three meetings, thanks in part to a phenomenal Butler. But the Celtics are now on a remontada. They won the last two meetings, but will also have to win both the next two meetings.

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If this succeeds, they immediately provide a unique product. Never in all NBA history has a team turned a 0-3 deficit. On Saturday, both teams will face each other for a sixth time in this Conference Final, which will be played to a best-of-seven. In the Western Conference, Denver Nuggets already secured its first NBA final in club history after a sweep (4-0 win) against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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