Celtics vs Heat live score, updates from Game 6: Miami leads Boston 82-75 into the fourth quarter

May 27, 2022 at 11:49 PM EDT

Jimmy Butler's 47 points help Heat force Game 7 vs. Celtics in Eastern Conference finals

It happened again. The Boston Celtics let a Game 6 of the conference finals, in their building, slip away to the Miami Heat and a guy named “James.”

There will be a seventh game to decide who represents the East at the Finals next week, because Jimmy Butler did his best LeBron James impression with a 47-point performance in the Heat’s 111-103 win on Friday night.

Game 7 is at 8:30 p.m. Sunday in Miami. The winner gets the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco for Game 1 of the Finals on Thursday.

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Joe Vardon
Joe Vardon·

Senior Writer, NBA

May 27, 2022 at 11:33 PM EDT

Jimmy Butler on ESPN:

Jared Weiss
Jared Weiss·

Staff Writer, Celtics

May 27, 2022 at 11:32 PM EDT

A Heat win = three more days rest for the Warriors

That guarantees the Warriors three more days of between series rest than their Finals opponent. They had a two-day rest advantage over Grizzlies and Mavericks and beat both in Game 1.

Anthony Slater
Anthony Slater·

Senior Writer, Warriors

May 27, 2022 at 11:31 PM EDT

Butler is rare

Tony Jones
Tony Jones·

Staff Writer, Jazz

May 27, 2022 at 11:30 PM EDT

Jimmy Butler channeled his inner LeBron James

Gotta give my colleague Joe Vardon credit. He suggested that Jimmy Butler needed to channel his inner "Heatles" LeBron James if the Heat wanted to win Game 6 in Boston and play a Game 7 in Miami. Butler finished with 47 points (a career playoff high), nine rebounds, eight assists and four steals. He made 16 of 29 shots, including 4 of 8 from the 3-point line, and he hit all 11 of his free throws.

Butler also hit a clutch bucket with 43.9 seconds remaining that gave the Heat a 107-101 lead, a bucket that proved to be the proverbial nail in the coffin.

Damon Sayles
Damon Sayles·

Staff Editor, NBA

May 27, 2022 at 11:29 PM EDT

In the end, Boston executed

Brutal execution from Boston at the end. Tie game with three minutes left, took a brutal Smart 3 after dribbling out the shot clock, missed two free throws by Brown, botched a switch/show for a Butler and-1, and committed two fouls miles from the basket to hand Miami four more free-throw attempts.

John Hollinger
John Hollinger·

Senior Writer, NBA

May 27, 2022 at 11:19 PM EDT

Double vision

LeBron James, 2012 ECF Game 6, down 3-2 in Boston: 45 points

Jimmy Butler, 2022 ECF Game 6, down 3-2 in Boston: 45 points

Jared Weiss
Jared Weiss·

Staff Writer, Celtics

May 27, 2022 at 11:19 PM EDT

He just keeps going

Fred Katz
Fred Katz·

Staff Writer, Knicks

May 27, 2022 at 11:16 PM EDT

Six-point game, Celtics take bad fouls

In a six-point game, Miami’s last three points have come on fouls 45 and 90 feet from the basket. Really bad fouls by the Celtics.

David Aldridge
David Aldridge·

Senior Columnist, NBA

May 27, 2022 at 11:15 PM EDT

Lowry fouls out

Jay King
Jay King·

Staff Writer, Celtics

May 27, 2022 at 11:13 PM EDT

Derrick White tries and...

Jared Weiss
Jared Weiss·

Staff Writer, Celtics

May 27, 2022 at 11:07 PM EDT

Derrick White for the lead

By The Athletic Staff
By The Athletic Staff

May 27, 2022 at 11:00 PM EDT

Tatum drawing the foul calls

Jared Weiss
Jared Weiss·

Staff Writer, Celtics

May 27, 2022 at 10:47 PM EDT

Silencers

Jay King
Jay King·

Staff Writer, Celtics

May 27, 2022 at 10:31 PM EDT

Thing to watch: substitutions

One thing to watch the rest of the way, and especially the next seven minutes: Substitutions. Among Butler, Adebayo, Brown and Tatum, will any of them come out of the game in the second half? If so, for how long do their coaches dare to keep them out?

John Hollinger
John Hollinger·

Senior Writer, NBA

May 27, 2022 at 10:26 PM EDT

Miami opens up a 12-point lead

Miami has opened up a 12-point lead on Boston, but you've got to think the Celtics have one more run — maybe two — left in them.

If (big if) that happens, keep an eye on free-throw shooting down the stretch. Both teams have been perfect from the line tonight with 5:30 left in the third quarter. The Heat have made 9 of 9; the Celtics have made 14 of 14. In games like this, every point is key.

Damon Sayles
Damon Sayles·

Staff Editor, NBA

May 27, 2022 at 10:25 PM EDT

Miami goes 11-for-22 tonight

Miami has continued to be aggressive, with even Adebayo getting to the deep post to finally hit his turnaround over Horford. Miami went from shooting 7-for-45 in Game 5 to now 11-for-22 tonight and open up a 12-point lead now that Max Strus is back.

Jared Weiss
Jared Weiss·

Staff Writer, Celtics

May 27, 2022 at 10:22 PM EDT

Heat up 70-58

Jay King
Jay King·

Staff Writer, Celtics

May 27, 2022 at 10:10 PM EDT

Grant Williams starts for Rob Williams in second half

Jared Weiss
Jared Weiss·

Staff Writer, Celtics

May 27, 2022 at 10:02 PM EDT

They have a turnover problem

Turnovers are a problem on both sides. The Heat’s 13 turnovers cost them 18 Boston points. The Celtics’ 10 turnovers became 11 Heat points. Strus is still struggling, phew boy. He’s 1-of-6 tonight (0-3 from 3), which makes him 1-of-22 over the last three games. Smart is having a tough. night for Boston (1-of-7). PJ Tucker and Al Horford are in foul trouble. And the stars are showing up. Jimmy Butler IS pulling his best LeBron (21 points, 9 boards, 6 assists); Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are up to 18 points apiece, and yep, Kyle Lowry looks like a resemblance of Kyle Lowry (10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists). Added it all up and we have a 2-point game at halftime of an elimination game.

Joe Vardon
Joe Vardon·

Senior Writer, NBA

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