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Celtics defeated the Heat and are one win away from the Finals

Jaylene Brown scored 25 points, Jayson Tatum added 22 and the Boston Celtics are close to confirming their place in the NBA Finals. Extending thei


Jaylene Brown scored 25 points, Jayson Tatum added 22 and the Celtics are close to confirming their place in the Finals. Extending their lead after halftime, they outscored 93-80 on Wednesday and took a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference title series.

Al Horford added 16 points and Derrick White added 14 for the Celtics. Tatum also had 12 rebounds and nine assists.

Bam Adebayo He had 18 points and 10 boards for the Heat, who shot 32% from the field — after they shot just 33% in Boston’s 20-point win in Game 4. Gabe Vincent added 15, Jimmy Butler 13 and Duncan Robinson 11 with .

The Heat he scored just 7 of 45 shots from three.

Game 6 returns to Boston on Friday, where a pair of new trophies bearing the names of two game legends await. Celtics. The Bob Cousy Trophy will go to the Eastern champion and the Larry Bird Trophy to the Most Valuable Player of the Eastern Finals. The Celtics are one win away from becoming the first team to lift both.

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