If you watched the entire Miami Heat–Boston Celtics game, then congratulations. Though nobody would’ve blamed you if you stopped watching after the first quarter. In a game of sheer domination, the Celtics held the Heat to a single point until 3:22 left in the first quarter and they kept up a 20+ point lead throughout the majority of the game, ultimately winning 102-82. The win by the Celtics makes this series a best-of-three.
Sure, Miami couldn’t hit anything but Boston’s defending was superb. The Celtics had 11 combined blocks from six different players and held the Heat starters to a combined 18 points, the lowest in a playoff game since 1971.
Despite the blowout, it’s still anyone’s series. The Heat have two home games left in a 2-2 series and both teams have held 20+ point leads in alternating games. In other words, this series has had wild scoring swings that it’s plausible the Heat could win by 20 in Game 5.
Anyway, many took notice of the game and the result.
Unsurprisingly, Boston won. https://t.co/hmV1qtfl1d
— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) May 24, 2022
Not offended if the national media wants to ignore the Heat tomorrow
— Mike Ryan (Ruiz) 🔥🐈🙌🏽 (@MichaelRyanRuiz) May 24, 2022
Biggest lead each game this series:
Game 1: Heat by 20
Game 2: Celtics by 34
Game 3: Heat by 26
Game 4: Celtics by 32 pic.twitter.com/QI04eiYj4I
— StatMuse (@statmuse) May 24, 2022
it'd be nice of the heat to let us know early in the third quarter if we can just go to sleep.
— bomani (@bomani_jones) May 24, 2022
The Miami Heat offense: pic.twitter.com/0tc3JGwS8C
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) May 24, 2022
I’ve watched every Heat playoff game ever.
This might be the worst half of playoff basketball I’ve ever seen them play.
— Greg Sylvander (@GregSylvander) May 24, 2022