The Boston Celtics (9/4 2021/22 NBA Championship outright) levelled their Eastern Conference play-off final with the Miami Heat (9/2) at 2-2 after a 102-82 victory in Game 4 of their best-of-seven series.
Jayson Tatum was the key man for Boston, scoring 31 points at TD Garden and getting the Celtics back into the series following Saturday’s 109-103 loss at the same venue.
The 24-year-old’s match-winning performance included eight rebounds and five assists and was a huge step up from his return of 10 points in Boston’s defeat last time out.
Speaking about his Game 3 exploits, Tatum said: “You feel like you let your team-mates down.
“I think I do a really good job of sleeping it off regardless if I had 10 points or 46 points. I’m a big believer that you can’t change what happened. I didn’t doubt myself.”
Miami hold the advantage of home court for the next fixture when Game 5 takes place at FTX Arena on Wednesday.
The Heat, who have won three of their previous four play-off meetings with the Celtics, fell to a 127-102 loss in Game 2 in Miami and will be hoping to bounce back.
There’s action in the Western Conference overnight with Dallas Mavericks hosting Golden State Warriors in their play-off final series at 02:00 BST on Wednesday morning (Money Line – Dallas Mavericks 20/23, Golden State Warriors 20/21).
The Warriors (4/6 2021/22 NBA Championship outright) already boast a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven tie and will seal their spot NBA Championship final if they seal a fourth successive victory over the Mavericks (50/1).