Boston — The bizarre nature of the Eastern Conference Finals between Miami and Boston ventured into even more unfamiliar territory in Game 4.
Heat missed the first 14 shots and failed to concede the first field goal, leaving 3:21 in the first quarter and being the second in the series to be behind by at least 25 points in the first half.
Heat barely improved as the Celtics lifted Worlds. 102-82 win They tied the series 2-2 in Game 4 on Monday. Game 5 will be on Wednesday in Miami (8:30pm ET, ESPN).
The pattern of competing back and forth continued, though not always. Miami wins, Boston wins, Miami wins, Boston wins.
All four games have at least a 20-point lead and the Celtics started with a 26-4 lead in the first quarter and a 55-28 lead in the second quarter. Shortly after starting, this contest ended for all practical purposes.
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Jayson Tatum Atones For Game 3
Celtics all-star Jason Tatum admits he needs to do better in Game 4, after posting 14 three-hits and 10 runs in six innings in Game 3.
Tatum has been delivered.
He scored 24 of his game-best 31 points and had 11 hits and 6 hits from field throw in the first half. His offensive attack resulted in fouls, and he had 14 and 12 hits in the first two quarters.
more than box score
Boston had 16 hits (37.2%) in 43 at-bats, and Jaylen Brown had 2 hits in 11 and 4 hits in 17 (23.5%) and 3 hits (9 hits and 1 hit by Derrick White and Tatum a combined). At halftime, the Celtics led 57-33.
You can see how poorly the Heat played.
Near the end of the first quarter, only one Heat starting pitcher (Jimmy Butler) had scored and Bam Adebayo (1 point) was the only starting pitcher to score in the first quarter.
After Butler, the other four Heat starters were scoreless with 12 hits until Kyle Lowry and Adebayo made the bucket at 2:13 in the first half. Two Heat starting pitchers (PJ Tucker and Max Strus) failed to score, and not a single Heat starting pitcher was able to reach double-digit runs.
Heat was 4-20 on painted shots in the first half.
Celtics won Game 4 with less than 40% from the field and less than 25% from 3-pointers. This isn’t going to happen very often in playoff games.
Miami was rotten with a 3-point shooting percentage of 29.6%. Victor Oladipo led the heat with 233 points from the bench.
Robert Williams makes the difference
Boston Center Robert Williams missed Game 3 with left knee pain. Adebayo used it The best and most impactful game in the series.
Williams returned for Game 4, averaging just nine points and six rebounds, but locked up Adebayo, who threw just five shots in a passive performance.
Williams has defensive versatility, the ability to protect the rim and defend away from the basket to limit what Adebayo does. Williams averaged 12 points and 9 rebounds, including five attacking boards and two blocks.
free throw mismatch
In the last two games, the Celtics have dominated the heat at the foul line 66-28, including 36-14 in Game 4.
It is not a comment on officiating. The more aggressive team receives calls and free throw attempts. Miami must attack and draw fouls.
Celtics limit turnovers.
Boston manager Ime Udoka lamented his team’s 24 turnovers that led to 33 hit points in Game 4.
“As you saw with the Milwaukee series, we really pointed out the side of trying to drive, close out, extra pass and wide open shots instead of semi-contests, and we like to get over-physical and hold-grab (and) lots of bias in the last game too. presentation with the team. “Sometimes I overdribbled and played with my hands,” he said.
In Game 4, the Celtics recorded just nine turnovers.