Crazy buzzer Celtics force Game 7 against Heat after 3-0 loss in Eastern Conference Finals

Jaylen Brown said before game 4“Don’t let us win tonight.”

Well, Brown had a pretty good feeling – his Boston Celtics just forced Game 7 against the Miami Heat with an instant classic after losing 3-0 in that series.

Boston, which ranked first in the Eastern Conference, lost the first three games of the Finals. to warmth, whose Cinderella became number one. 8 seeds

Now the Celtics are one win away from history, and the Heat are one loss away from Cinderella, turned into a disappointment.


Jason Tatum after winning Game 6

Boston Celtics forward Jason Tatum celebrates the Celtics’ 104-103 victory over the Miami Heat during Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Basketball Conference Finals on Saturday, May 27, 2023, in Miami. (AP Photo/Michael Loughlin)

After Jimmy Butler converted three free throws to give the Heat a one-point lead with 3.0 seconds left, Derrick White moved to Marcus Smart, who scored three, but White followed the shot and his input nearly worked. . by a tenth of a second to send the series back to Boston as Boston took a 104–103 victory.

With eight and a half minutes left, Duncan Robinson hit a deep three to take Miami to one. After Boston missed, a tip from Jimmy Butler gave Miami, who were trailing by a full 13 points, their first lead since going 11–9.

Boston responded with a 16–5 series lead back to double figures, but Miami, mostly Butler, were able to make a one-point game with less than a minute left.

After Jason Tatum missed, Robinson missed a three that would have sent Miami to a lunatic asylum. Smart made one of two free throws, and Miami hit a two-shot stopwatch.

With 3.0 seconds left, Al Horford fouled Butler with a three-pointer, sending him to the line for a chance to give Miami the lead. Butler took down all three and the Heat went up one.

Butler was seen on the bench telling his team that they needed “one stop”.

He was wrong – they needed two.

Derrick White and Jaylen Brown hugging

Boston Celtics defenseman Derrick White (9) hugs defenseman Jaylen Brown (7) after defeating the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the 2023 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at the Kaseya Center. (Rich History – USA TODAY Sports)


White scored 11 points, but no more important than the last two in the game. Tatum had 31 points, Brown had 26, and Smart added 21. Both Tatum and Brown had 10 rebounds.

Butler struggled from the floor, knocking down just five of his 21 attempts. He knocked down 12 free throws and scored 24 points.

One hundred and fifty-one teams lost 3-0 in the NBA Series. The Celtics became the fourth team in NBA history to force Game 7 after losing three games without a score, and the first since the 2003 Portland Trail Blazers. They lost their first three games to the Dallas Mavericks, but the Mavs prevailed in Game 7 despite losing the previous three. All three teams that forced the seventh game were guests. Boston will accept 7 game Monday night.

With a win in Game 7, the Celtics will become the first team in NBA history to win a series after losing their first three games. It’s happened four times in the NHL, but Boston isn’t all that unfamiliar with historic comebacks.

Derrick White and Jason Tatum hugging

Boston Celtics defenseman Derrick White (9) and forward Jason Tatum (0) celebrate victory over the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the 2023 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at the Kaseya Center. (Sam Navarro, USA TODAY Sports)


The only team to do this in Major League Baseball history was 2004 Boston Red Sox, who bounced back against their archrival, the New York Yankees, and then beat the St. Louis. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.