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Derrick White tipped-in a missed shot attempt as time expired in regulation to lift the Boston Celtics over the Miami Heat in Game 6, 104-103. Jayson Tatum (31 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists) and Jaylen Brown (26 points, 10 rebounds) combined for 57 points for the Celtics, while Jimmy Butler tallied 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists for the Heat. This best-of-seven series is now tied, 3-3, with Game 7 taking place on Monday, May 29 (8:30 p.m. ET, TNT).
Tonight marked Jayson Tatum’s 7th game this postseason with 30+ points, 10+ rebounds, and 5+ assists, tying LeBron James (2017-2018) for the most such games in a Single postseason.
The Celtics are now the 4th team in NBA history to force a Game 7 after trailing 0-3 in a series, joining:
1951 New York Knicks vs. Rochester Royals (Finals)
1994 Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz (2nd Round)
2003 Portland Trail Blazers vs. Dallas Mavericks (1st Round)
The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics will now face off in a Game 7 in back-to-back seasons, becoming the first teams to do this since:
Houston Rockets & Phoenix Suns (1994-1995)
Indiana Pacers & New York Knicks (1994-1995)
The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics are the first teams to face off in Game 7 of a Conference Finals series in back-to-back seasons since:
Boston Celtics & Philadelphia 76ers (1981 & 1982)
Tonight marked the Celtics’ 5th victory this postseason when facing elimination, becoming the 6th team in NBA history with at least 5 wins while facing elimination in a single postseason, joining:
Denver Nuggets (2020): 6
Denver Nuggets (1994): 6
Miami Heat (1997): 5
Houston Rockets (1995): 5
Phoenix Suns (1993): 5
Boston Celtics (2023): 5