Heat get chance Friday to oust Celtics, reach NBA Finals

Jayson Tatum takes blame for Game 4 loss vs Heat

The Heat, who had gone up in the series using superior depth, rode the strength of four big-time scorers, three in the 20s and rookie Tyler Herro with a historic 37. "We've got to do a better job of handling the ball and taking care of it", said coach Brad Stevens. "He's figured out how to put it all together, and you see what he can do". It's just being able to sustain it.

I know the Nuggets have already done it twice, but that makes me even more inclined to take Boston. And so that is frustrating.

"I wish we would have played like that from the start".

Jamal Murray's onslaught in the 2020 National Basketball Association playoffs continued on Thursday with a layup that had to be seen - multiple times - to be believed.

Herro and the Heat seem to be putting those tips to good use. That's just the way that we look at it sometimes. "You don't know who can go off".

Turnovers have killed the Celtics in their last two defeats. We may have bet on Miami anyway - players are usually rusty in their first game back - but it's all moot after Boston won 117-106, earning their only cover of this series so far.

"I didn't score in the first half".

They know about his confidence, swagger and braggadocio.

The 20-year-old rookie scored 37 points in Miami's Game 4 win, helping carry Miami on a night where Jae Crowder and Duncan Robinson - two of the best 3-point shooters on the Heat roster - were a combined 1 for 14 from the floor, 1 for 11 from 3-point range. "They were unforced errors".

He had five straight points in the fourth to help push what was a one-point lead back out to 91-85, his 3-pointer with 4:09 left made it 98-90 and he struck again with 56 seconds left when he took a pass from Butler for a layup and a nine-point edge. I am picking what my heart feels today. The underdog-Under parlay works better when there's a big spread on the board, and it works better in football, where scoring is much lower to begin with. "You have to give your opponent credit - oftentimes we think oh you just didn't come out ready to play or didn't play hard enough, but a lot of times the opponent has something to with that".

"Herro got going, obviously, at a ridiculous level", Stevens said.

Trailing the series, Ainge still has confidence in the Celtics' ability to respond.

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