In a scorching shooting night from distance, the Boston Celtics moved past the Miami Heat to extend the Eastern Conference Finals saga with a 110-97 emphatic Game 5 victory.
After facing a threatening 0-3 lead and being on the cusp of an embarrassing postseason exit, Jaylen Brown hurled a cryptic shot against the Miami squad as they are heading for a pivotal Game 6 in South Beach on Saturday night.
“We just have to be consistent. Tonight we were a tougher playing team. We set the tone from start to finish. We had a great team win, we hit shots,” Brown told TNT’s Allie LaForce after the C’s connected their 16 treys out of 39 attempts.
“They let us get two [wins], so don’t let us get another one.”
Brown and co. notably posted a threat even right after being down to a commanding 0-3 series lead, stating that the Heat should not allow them to still get even a lone victory.
As such, the C’s flipped the switch for the second-straight game and completely maneuvered to pass off the pressure to Miami and evade elimination. In the Thursday Game 5 win, he managed to click in scoring with 21 markers, as Derrick White (24), Marcus Smart (23) and Jayson Tatum (21) also lent their contributions by powering Boston’s balanced and consistent attack.
The Celtics also capitalized the Heat’s shortcomings in taking care of the ball, as they tallied 13 steals and forced 16 major turnovers.
The Celtics just became the 12th team in league’s postseason history to force Game 6 after being down 0-3 in a best-of-seven set.
The All-Star swingman is fully optimistic of what they are able to achieve one step at a time in order to miraculously advance, as they managed to be back on track after boldly climbing their way up from a deep series deficit hole.
“The only thing that can stop us is us,” Brown added. “We just got to come out and play our game, have fun and let God do the rest.”