No. 8 seed Miami advances to NBA Finals, avoids being on wrong side of history against Celtics

The glass slipper has disappeared for a while, but Cinderella̵7;s run continues Miami Heat,

The No. 8 seed avoided getting on the wrong side of history with a 103-84 win on Monday night. Boston Celtics In Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Things started badly for Boston from the jump, as Jayson Tatum twisted his ankle on the first possession of the game. It didn’t limit him in minutes, but Miami held the advantage all night.

Miami led by as many as 17 in the second quarter, but Boston was able to cut the deficit to seven in the third. After leading 76–66 through three, Miami started the fourth quarter on a 20–7 run and built a 23-run lead – its largest of the night.

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Caleb Martin #16 of the Miami Heat attempts a three point basket against Derrick White #9 of the Boston Celtics during the third quarter in game seven of the Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden in Boston. (Maddy Meyer / Getty Images)

Miami is now 88-0 when leading a playoff game By at least 10 points in the fourth quarter.

Jimmy Butler dropped 28 points, which surprised hardly anyone. The spark plug for the Heat was Caleb Martin, who dropped 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting and going 4-for-6 from three.

Neither Celtic scored 20 points during the match, and Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined to go an impressive 13-for-36 from the floor.

The second-seeded Celtics became the fourth team in NBA history to tie a Game 7 after trailing three games to none, and the first since the 2003 Portland Trail Blazers. With all the momentum toward Boston, hardly anyone expected the eighth-seeded Heat to win on the road. But sadly, no NBA team has been able to complete a comeback from 3-0 down.

Jimmy Butler dunks on Jaylen Brown

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) dunks against Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) during the fourth quarter of game seven of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2023 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

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Boston was the first team to host Game 7, regaining momentum and tying the series after three consecutive losses, but the Heat made history by becoming the first No. 8 seed to make the Finals in a full NBA season. .

The 1998–99 New York Knicks were the No. 8 seed and made the Finals that season, but that season was just 50 games long due to the lockout that year. lowest seed ever win the nba finals The 1994–95 sixth seed is the Houston Rockets. They are also the first play-in team to make it to the final.

Jimmy Butler dribbles the ball in Game 7

Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat dribbles during the third quarter against the Boston Celtics in game seven of the Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 29, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddy Meyer / Getty Images)

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The Heat will face the top seed in the West denver nuggets, The Joes are in their first NBA Finals appearance in franchise history.

Tip-off is set for Thursday at 8:30 PM in Denver.