September 9,2020 at 7:30 PM
9/27/2020 7:30 PM
Celtics and Heat Battle in Pivotal Game 6
The Boston Celtics take on the Miami Heat in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference finals playoff series on Sunday night in Orlando. The Heat leads the series, 3-2. The Celtics (2-3) faced a true existential moment in the series early in the third quarter in Game 5, as they were down to the Heat (3-2), 60-51, 35 seconds in following a Bam Adebayo 13-foot jumper. A Jaylen Brown steal and subsequent bucket seemed to ignite Boston, however, as coach Brad Stevens' squad finished the game on a 68-48 run to notch a comfortable 121-108 victory and guarantee a Game 6. Goran Dragic led the Heat with 23 points, complementing them with four rebounds and four assists. Duncan Robinson poured in 20 points and added two boards and a steal. Jimmy Butler furnished 17 points, eight boards, eight assists, one steal and one block. Jae Crowder and Tyler Herro generated matching 14-point tallies while hauling in six and three rebounds, respectively. Adebayo turned in 13 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block. The Heat will likely list Gabe Vincent (knee) as questionable for Sunday's game, while Chris Silva (pelvis) will remain out. Jayson Tatum paced the Celtics with 31 points, supplementing them with 10 rebounds, six assists and one steal. Brown contributed 28 points, eight boards, two assists and one steal. Daniel Theis and Kemba Walker posted 15 points each, with Theis adding 13 rebounds and Walker dishing out seven assists. Marcus Smart finished with 12 points, eight boards, eight assists and four steals. The Celtics will come into Sunday's game without any long-term injuries to report. Sunday's game marks the ninth overall meeting between the teams since the start of the regular season. Each team has won four games when factoring in the current series.