The Eastern Conference will need seven matches to decide its champion. With a 3-2 loss, the Miami Heat went to Boston on Friday night and beat the Celtics 111-103 to claim win or die in Game Seven of the Eastern Finals. Jimmy Butler dropped a career high of 47 playoff points as his team wanted to win. The Heat now has a chance to complete the series’ comeback in Miami and earn their second place in the World Cup Finals in three seasons. Golden State Warriors winners await. The Celtics lead by double digits for most of the first half, but Butler scored 18 points in the second quarter with the Heat rising and trailing 55-49 to enter the third inning.
The Heat are aiming for their first World Cup appearance since 2020, while the Celtics are looking to make their first appearance since 2010. Boston have lost four straight games in the seventh game on the road. However, it is 5-0 perfect after losing this season. With the Celtics winning, Ime Udoka became the first junior coach in NBA history to win a 7-game multiplayer game; The Celtics beat the Bucks 109-81 in Game 7 earlier in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Erik Spoelstra has a 5-0 Eastern Conference Finals record, which is 4-0 all-time in ECF playoffs. Both teams go into full health as Tyler Hero will return from a thigh injury for the Heat, while the Celtics remain at full power once again..
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