NBA record champions Boston Celtics recovered from the sensitive defeat at the start of the playoff series against the Miami Heat and equalized in the second game.
The team led by national basketball player Daniel Theis scored 127:102 on Thursday evening (local time) and has good prospects of making it into the NBA finals before the two upcoming home games in Boston.
Two days after the 107-118 to start the Eastern Conference Finals series, when the Celtics went down 14-39 in the third quarter and never recovered, the team was in control for most of the second game.
From the second quarter on, Boston had a lead of at least ten points and temporarily increased the buffer to up to 34 points in the last quarter.
Smart delivers 24 points
The Celtics benefited from the return of their regular players Marcus Smart and Al Horford, who were injured or missed the game on Tuesday evening due to a positive corona test.
Smart had 24 points, twelve assists and nine rebounds and, like Horford, also helped with a block. “I felt bad that I couldn’t be there for my comrades and go into battle with them, but I needed to regenerate,” Smart said on US television. “We know what it takes. It will take everything.” Jayson Tatum had 27 points for the Celtics while Jaylen Brown had 24.
The best pitcher of the game was Heat pro Jimmy Butler with 29 points. Theis only came onto the floor in the middle of the last quarter and booked a dunk in six minutes.