Celtics Reach NBA Finals, Hold Heat 100-96 in Game 7 Boston News Weather Sports

MIAMI (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 26 points, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart each added 24 and the Boston Celtics held off a frantic rally in the final seconds to beat Sunday night’s Miami Heat 100-96 and the NBA Finals to reach for the first time since 2010.

Al Horford added 14 rebounds for the Celtics, who were never behind on the road to a Game 7 win on the road — and disregarding the bubble, it was the first such win for the iconic franchise since defeating Milwaukee at the 1974 NBA Title.

Next up for Boston: the Golden State Warriors in a series that begins Thursday in San Francisco.

Jimmy Butler, who beat Miami with 47 points in Game 7 in Boston on Friday, led the Heat with 35 points in their season finale. Bam Adebayo added 25 for the Heat, who were 11 behind with less than 3 minutes to go before attempting one last rally.

A 9-0 run topped by a 3-pointer from Max Strus by 51 seconds put the Heat within 98-96. They had a chance to take the lead with about 17 seconds left when Butler attempted a 3-pointer from the right wing but he missed – and the Celtics escaped.

Boston forced the Heat to nine straight misses in a crucial stretch of the fourth quarter and used that stretch to convert an 82-79 lead into a 90-79 lead — and the Celtics, who lost each of their last four trips east had finals, found a way to hold out.

Kyle Lowry scored 15 for the Heat. Grant Williams finished with 11 for the Celtics.

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