The Miami Heat had the first chance to close the series last night, at home, and couldn’t get the job done

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We will have to wait at least one more day to discover which team is facing the Denver Nuggets. The reason is that the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat 116-99 in Game 4 and managed to avoid elimination for at least one more game. Now the series goes back to Boston for Game 5 and the Celtics will have the chance to make it 3-2.

Jimmy Butler once again played very well for the Heat but Jayson Tatum finally decided for the Celtics. He had a double-double and was the game’s top scorer, helping the Celtics to stay alive for at least one more game, as they could avoid elimination in Game 4.

But Boston had to overcome a poor beginning of the game, as they lost the first half by 56-50. In the second half, they came back strong, especially in the third period, winning the quarter 38-23 and opening a 9-point advantage before the last period. They would still open eight more points of advantage in the fourth quarter, closing the game and getting the W.

Best Performances

As mentioned, Jayson Tatum had a great game once again, helping the Celtics to get their first win in the series. But we had a lot of other great performances, including 10 players scoring 10+ points. Check out the best numbers from the game.

Boston Celtics

  • Jayson Tatum – 33 PTS/11 REB/7 AST
  • Jaylen Brown – 17 PTS
  • Derrick White – 16 PTS

Miami Heat

  • Jimmy Butler – 29 PTS/9 REB/5 AST
  • Gabe Vincent – 17 PTS
  • Caleb Martin – 16 PTS


Once again we missed the over/under by basically one basket (2 points). Other than that, this was not our best performance, but we still hit a few lines. Check out the outcome of our picks from this game.

  • MIA Heat -1.5 (MIA lost by 17)
  • Over 216.5 points (215 points)
  • Bam Adebayo over 17.5 points (10 points)
  • Jimmy Butler over 27.5 points (29 points)
  • Marcus Smart over 5.5 assists (6 assists)
  • Jayson Tatum has a double-double (33 PTS/11 REB)
  • Marcus Smart over 9.5 assists and rebounds combined (6 AST/3 REB = 9 total)
  • Jimmy Butler under 0.5 three-pointers (1 three-pointer)
  • BOS Celtics over 108.5 points (116 points)
  • Jimmy Butler has a triple-double (29 PTS/9 REB/5 AST)