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Miami Heat Vanquish Boston Celtics in Game 7

Will Face Denver Nuggets in NBA Finals

The Miami Heat were not going to be a punchline in NBA history. They made sure of it Monday at TD Garden in Boston.

The eighth-seed in the Eastern Conference knocked out the Boston Celtics, 103-84, in Game 7.

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The Celtics were seeking to become the first NBA team to overcome a 3-0 playoff deficit. They won three games in a row and had a home game to try and make history. Teams that fall behind 3-0 in NBA playoff series are now 0-151.

The cause was derailed early when superstar Jayson Tatum turned his ankle on the first play of the game.

The Heat outscored Boston 22-15 in the first quarter. It equaled the Celtics’ lowest output of the season.

The only quarter the Celtics enjoyed a scoring advantage was the third, and that was 25-24.

Miami finished with a flourish, outscoring Boston 27-18, over the final 12 minutes to close out the series.

The 84 points scored by Boston were a season-low .

The Heat will play the Denver Nuggets in the NBA Finals. Game 1 is Thursday night in the Mile High City.

The schedule:

The NBA Finals, a best-of-seven series, are set to commence on June 1. Here’s the schedule breakdown:

  • Game 1: Thursday, June 1 | 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 2: Sunday, June 4 | 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 3: Wednesday, June 7 | 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 4: Friday, June 9 | 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 5*: Monday, June 12 | 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 6*: Thursday, June 15 | 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Game 7*: Sunday, June 18 | 8 p.m. ET (ABC) (*if necessary)

In tough irony for the city of Boston, both the Bruins and Celtics were eliminated from the postseason by eighth seeds. The Florida Panthers bounced the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bruins. A franchise a bit further South, the Heat toppled the Celtics.

The series odds from BetUS:

Game 1: June 1, 2023, 8:30 pm

ROT Handicap Moneyline
585 Heat Series Prices +330
586 Nuggets Series Prices -410

NBA Championship Series, Best of 7.

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