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Celtics trash Heat 118-84 and advance to East 1/2 finals
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Boston triumphed in Game 5 against Miami and eliminated them.

Jaylen Brown and Derrick White each notched 25 points, and the Boston Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference ½ finals, defeating the short-handed Miami Heat 118-84 in Game 5 at TD Garden in Boston, MA.

Celtics will play against the winner of Cavaliers-Magic matchup. Cavs lead 3-2, with Game 6 in Florida on Friday.

Jaylen also had 6 assists, and Derrick had 5 three-pointers.  Sam Hauser scored 17 points, and Jayson Tatum finished with 16 points and 12 boards. The top-seeded Boston never trailed and led by 35 points. The Celtics also avenged the past season’s elimination from Miami in Game 7 of the conference finals in Boston.

Bam Adebayo notched 23 points, and Tyler Herro had 15 for the Heat, which made its 1st exit from the postseason before the conference finals since 2021. Miami finished 3 of 29 from the 3-point line.

Celtics were on the court for the 1st time this playoffs without  Kristaps Porzingis after he strained his right calf in the previous match from the series.