Gabe Vincent, Heat thrash Celtics for 3-0 series lead
Gabe Vincent led the hosts with 29 points Miami Heat they are one win away from their second NBA Finals appearance in four seasons thanks to a 128-102 victory. Boston Celtics Sunday
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Vincent shot 11 of 14 from the floor — including 6 of 9 from 3-point range — and Duncan Robinson and Caleb Martin scored 22 and 18 points, respectively, off the bench.
Jimmy Butler had 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists for eighth-seeded Miami, which shot 56.8 percent (46 of 81) from the field and 54.3 percent (19 of 35) from 3-point range. THE Month improved to 6-0 in the playoffs at home before Game 4 of the best-of-seven series Tuesday at Miami
Bam Adebayo scored 13 points and Max Strus had 10 points Month took control of the competition by defeating the second seed Celtics 32-17 in the third quarter
Boston’s Jayson Tatum had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Jaylen Brown added 12 points, although the duo combined to shoot just 12 of 35 from the floor and 1 of 14 from 3-point range.
THE Celtics their backs are against the wall. No team in NBA history has been able to win a series from a 3-0 deficit
Boston cut a 22-point deficit to 12 at 61-49 after Marcus Smart converted a 3-pointer to start the third quarter. Miami responded with a 28-9 run to take control of the game, highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Vincent.
THE Month It took a 93-63 lead into the fourth quarter before both teams decided to rest their stars. Vincent made 3-pointers around the 3-point play and Robinson converted from beyond the arc to extend Miami’s lead to 112-83 with 4:43 to play.
Miami led 61-46 at halftime after shooting 57.5 percent from the floor (23-of-40) and 42.9 percent from 3-point range (9-of-21). Martin sank a three-pointer to cap his 11-point performance, while Robinson and Vincent combined from beyond the arc to finish with 10 points.
Miami’s Kevin Love scored five quick points to start the game before exiting after five minutes with an ankle injury. He did not return.
— Field Level Media