Back at the wall, the Heat players start strong, unsurprisingly. The first quarter is marked by Jimmy Butler’s “show”. In great difficulty during the three previous matches (9 points at 25% on shots), the wing player regains his usual level of play for this playoff 2022 at the beginning of this sixth inning: he has collected 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2nd interceptions after the first twelve minutes!
On the Boston side, it was apparently the “Jay’s” duo that set the tone in the attack during the first period: the two Celtics stars scored 14 of their team’s 22 points during the first quarter, then 36 (each 18) out of 46 points at half time.
In summary, it has nothing to do with the Heat for the previous match: after an abysmal 7/45 behind the arc in the 5th game, Erik Spoelstra’s men quickly exceeded this low total and scored a nice 8/16 in the half of this match. Game 6. On the other hand, in a circle of not very reassuring observations, we can only pick up 12 lost balls from Erik Spoelstra’s group, who ends up with only two points in the break, despite the higher level of the game than the Celtics (48-46).
The Celtics are in reserve during the third quarter, but are unable to reverse the course of the match. Because the Heat, always in the momentum of the stratospheric Jimmy Butler, reacts to every “flight” of his opponent. On the contrary, in the last quarter, the Celtics are approaching. Especially thanks to a very large pass from Derrick White, who chained the winning shot, then a basket with an error in attack and interception and then an attack error caused in defense, the locals returned to the Heat (99-99). Four minutes from the end of the meeting.
But Miami has no intention of going on vacation and is acting accordingly. Through PJ Tucker, who first caught a precious ball from Jayson Tatum, and then Jimmy Butler, who highlighted his masterpiece with two major baskets in “money time” for the second time, the men of “Spo” give themselves some fresh air (104-99). The last seconds decide on the free throw line. Heat sign a huge success outside after two very disappointed matches.
In the last minutes, the Celtics are too short a chance to join the Golden State in the final and now have to get a ticket on enemy soil, on the floor of the Heat.
WHAT YOU NEED TO REMEMBER
– Jimmy Butler’s masterpiece. On a very high difficulty from game 3 to game 5, the Miami winger found its best level when its team needed it most. With already dense half-time statistics (21 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists), he finished the match with 47 points (16/29), 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 profits and signed one of his best performances in his career and playoffs. . Again aggressive and sharp in attack, he cut through Boston’s defenses all night and carried his troops on his back until. A real masterpiece.
– Jaylen Brown is missing in the second half. He was at 18 points in the half, he finished the match at 20 points (6/18). Celtics’ s back defender played a special second period, during which his aggressive aggression completely disappeared. We will especially remember his surprising 0/2 on free throws when he was 99-99 four minutes from the end of the match. momentum was in favor of the Celts.
TOPY / FLOPS
✅ Jimmy Butler. As mentioned above, this is a masterpiece offered by “Jimmy Buckets” during this Game 6. Unrecognizable during the three previous trips, he regained his incredible level of play from the first two rounds at the best time and thanks to him, Heat survives. Despite the slowdown in recent days, the Heat wing confirms an absolutely spectacular playoff of 2022.
Max Max Struse and Kyle Lowry alarm clocks. The first scored 4 points for 0/16 on shots (!) In total in games 4 and 5, while the second scored 2 points for 1/12 on shots in total in the last two matches. But in the face of the urgency of the situation in which the Heat found themselves, they increased their level of play: 13 points for a 3/8 triple for Max Strus, 18 points and 10 assists for Kyle Lowry. The two starting defenders were a great supporter of Jimmy Butler.
ErrDerrick White. The author of a very large passage, which in the fourth quarter almost tilted the scales in favor of the Celts, could have been the hero of the evening. The back builds 22 points (7/14), 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 bench thefts.
⛔ Marcus Smart. A rain of bad choices for the Celtics leader (4/15 including 1/9 from a distance), like this last shot at the end of possession, without delay, when there was a draw 99 everywhere.
⛔ Boston offensive game in “money time”. While the Celtics seemed to have gained “momentum” in the early five minutes after a three-point hit by Derrick White, their attack froze. Their game shrank to an attempt to provoke favorable duels for Jayson Tatum, but seconds passed, the wingteller got nothing and Miami was able to regain control of the match and grab this decisive game 6.
Game 7: in Miami on the night of Sunday to Monday at 2:30