The end of the road for the 2019-20 Celtics came Sunday night.
Thanks to a furious fourth-quarter run by the Heat, Boston dropped Game 6 of the best-of-seven series to Miami, 125-113, punching Erik Spoelstra’s team’s ticket to the NBA Finals against the Lakers. (For a complete box score, click here.)
The Celtics, who trailed for much of the game heading into the fourth quarter, finally found somewhat of a groove while taking a six-point lead early in the final frame. A big element of the stretch was defense supplied by Grant Williams, who managed a plus-nine during his initial nine minutes on the court.
But once Williams exited Bam Adebayo took over.
The Heat center (32 points, 14 rebounds) absolutely tortured the likes of Daniel Theis before the Celtics’ center finally fouled out. But even with the re-entrance of Williams, Miami continued its momentum, building its lead up to seven points with just more than four minutes left thanks to Duncan Robinson’s fourth three-pointer the night.
It continued to be all downhill from there for Brad Stevens’ team, with Miami building its lead to 14 points with what would become a 29-8 run.
Not helping matters for the Celtics was the play off the bench of former NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, who scored a season-high 15 points off the bench while helping key the Heat’s fourth quarter run.
Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 26 points, with Jayson Tatum chipping in with 24. But not helping matters was the cold shooting from both Tatum (9-for-26 from the floor) and Kemba Walker when it counted the most.