The German national basketball player Daniel Theis and the Boston Celtics can continue to dream of reaching the finals in the North American professional league NBA.
The record champions equalized again in the semifinals against the Miami Heat with a clear 102:82 home win in the fourth game. The fifth duel of the best-of-seven series takes place in Miami on Wednesday.
Jayson Tatum was the dominating player on Boston’s team 48 hours after the Celtics’ disappointment after losing their first game on their own arena. The 24-year-old, who recently fell short of his potential, shone in the unexpectedly one-sided encounter with a strong 31 points. Tatum also had eight rebounds and five assists.
In contrast to the fourth game, Theis was not in the home team’s starting line-up after just one point. In his nine minutes on the floor, the 30-year-old scored four points.
Tatum draws great confidence
Tatum drew great confidence for the next encounter from the recent equalizer. “We have wiped out the nick of our previous defeat. We were determined to play better again because we also knew how important it is for us to win this game. Now we are also ready for game five,” said Boston’s match winner after game end.
The Celtics’ second-best pitcher behind Tatum was Payton Pritchard with 14 points. Derrick White recorded 13 points. In Miami’s team, Victor Oladipo was the most successful thrower with 23 points ahead of Duncan Robinson (14 points).
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra clearly mourned the unused opportunity for the decisive third victory. “They attacked us. More than anything else, however, our offensive weaknesses damaged us at the beginning. We didn’t play purposefully enough,” Spoelstra analyzed with frustration.
The Dallas Mavericks with the German national player Maximilian Kleber and the Golden State Warriors determine the second finalist. In the fourth game on Tuesday evening in front of a home crowd, Kleber and his colleagues are under pressure to win due to a 0:3 deficit in order to still have a chance of reaching the final.