The win against Miami in Boston’s 100-96 NBA Finals involved a head-scratching moment when the hit controversially overturned a three-pointer before losing the game.
After trailing by 16 towards the end of the second quarter, Miami came back and looked like a knockout victory for the Celtics, in an arm wrestling match.
A corner three-pointer near Max Strauss reduced Miami’s deficit by two points – 56-54 – before a shock twist early in the third quarter.
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Miami thought it reached within one shot when Strauss pushed those three, but the Celtics responded with a 9-1 run, which was made worse when the New Jersey NBA Replay Center decided that Strauss had gone out of bounds.
Strauss moves off three boards during the game and the 56-54 game turns into 65-52 three minutes after the basket was initially counted.
But the fans were worried about the decision to delete the shot after about three minutes of counting.
Although NBA referees often use stops and timeouts to review whether a shot is worth two or three points depending on whether a player’s foot is on the line, or whether a player shoots off before the shot clock expires, neither of them is required. Must see in this case.
The review of whether Strauss went out of bounds and snatched points after about three minutes is almost unheard of in the NBA which asks fans questions.
However, questions were also raised as to whether Strauss-Kahn was actually on the line in the replay to sue both parties.
The polarizing US media icon Skip Belles, who boasts of more than three million Twitter followers, had several big names to question the decision and whether it could affect the final outcome.
Meanwhile, Jayson Tatum scored 26 points, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart each added 24 and the Boston Celtics rallied in the final seconds to beat the hit in the final for the first time since 2010.
Al Harford added 14 rebounds for the Celtics, who never backed down on the road to a Game Seven win – and not with Bubbles, the first win for the floor franchise since beating Milwaukee for the 1974 NBA title. .
Next for Boston: The Golden State Warriors in a series starting Friday morning (AEST) in San Francisco.
Jimmy Butler, who scored 47 points in Boston to lead Miami to victory in Game Seven, led the hit with 35 points that led to their season finale. Left Adebayo added 25 for the hit, who went down to 11 just three minutes before attempting the final rally.
A 9-0 run, capped by three-pointers with 51 seconds left from Strauss, hit 98-96.
Butler’s three-pointer from the right wing had a chance to advance in about 17 seconds, but it was missed – and the Celtics fled.
Boston forced nine hits to miss in a crucial stretch of the fourth quarter, using that stretch to turn the 82-79 lead into a 90-79 lead – and the Celtics, who had previously lost each of their last four trips. Final, a way to hold on.
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