Jayson Tatum led the Boston Celtics to level up the Western Conference playoff finals series against Miami Heat by 2-2. The Celtics forward had a tough run during the last game where he managed to score only ten points. However, the 24-year-old made a strong comeback during the crucial Game 4. He scored 31 points with eight rebounds and five assists. The Boston Celtics were quick off the blocks as they took a 26-4 lead early in the game. This ultimately ended in a comfortable 102-82 victory for the Cs. Miami Heat missed 15 of their first 16 shots in the second consecutive game.
Everyone, including Payton Pritchard, Derreck White, and Robert Williams, scored in two figures, supporting Tatum to go for the win against Miami Heat. The Celtics kept their lead throughout as they went up by 27 points in the second and 32 points in the third quarter. The Heat had a tough start to the game as their starting five All-Stars, Jimmy Butler (6 points), Kyle Lowry (3), PJ Tucker (0), Max Strus (0), and Bam Adebayo(9), could only put a 7-36 shooting. All of them were forced to sit out during the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, only Victor Oladipo was the one who scored 23 points with four rebounds and six assists for Miami. He received no support from his teammates to push for a win and get 3-1 in the seven-match series. Surprisingly, the Celtics managed to keep the Miami attackers at bay in the absence of their Defensive Player of the year Marcus Smart.
The 28-year-old sprained his right ankle during the second half of Game 3. White had a good game as he got off the Celtics to their fastest start of the series. He scored seven of the first eight points for Boston as the lead quickly grew to 18-1. Shockingly, the Heat missed fourteen shots. They did not get their first points until Adebayo made a free throw at 7:56.
Tatum Talks About His Performance After The Game
Jayson Tatum was delighted to perform for the Celtics in a crucial game. Talking about scoring only ten points in Game 3, Tatum said that he felt like he was letting his teammates down. However, the 24-year-old felt that he does a great job at sleeping it off either he scores ten or 46 points. Moreover, Jayson added, “I’m a believer that you can’t change what happened. I did’nt doubt myself.”
The Boston Celtics will look to extend their lead to 3-2 on Wednesday. The Celtics coach was pretty happy with his team’s performance. Ime Udoka said that the Celtics set the right tone by restricting Heat starters to score in double figures. He feels that the Cs are the best defensive teams in the league who came out with a right midset against Miami.