Kyle Lowry played a major role in the Heat’s Game 6 win over the Celtics that pushed the Eastern Conference Finals to seven games.
The 36-year-old point guard scored 18 points and dished out 10 assists in 37 minutes of play. Miami’s head coach Erik Spoelstra praised the former NBA championship for his leadership.
“I can’t say enough about Kyle and his veteran leadership and poise,” he said. “It means so much to us and you can’t put an analytic to it what it means to your team of the feeling of calm and confidence that he can give everybody.
“And that’s orchestrating our offense, it’s just those timely moments during key times of the game where the ball needs to go here it needs to go. And then sometimes he’ll just make a big-time play at the end of the clock. Something that he’s never maybe practiced or attempted before.
“He just has a flare for the moment. He’s one of the all-time clutch players in this league. He just knows how to manage a game. You’re playing in an environment like this [Boston] with the stakes it’s great to just have a Hall of Fame quarter back that just kind of keeps everybody calm.”
During this year’s playoffs Lowry is averaging 7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 28.4 minutes over 9 games so far.