No Game 5 after all—Boston pulls off another upset over Indiana, advances to championship game for second time in two seasons

In the end, there was no Game 5. The Boston Celtics are back in the championship game for the second time in two seasons after another thrilling come-from-behind victory.

The Celtics defeated the Indiana Pacers 105-102 in Game 4 of the best-of-seven 2023-2024 National Basketball Association (NBA) Eastern Conference Finals on Monday at Gainesville Fieldhouse in Indiana, USA.

The victory sends Boston, which leads the all-time series 4-1, to the championship game for the second straight season after finishing as runners-up to the Golden State Warriors in 2021-2022. The Celtics fell short of the championship last season, losing to the Miami Heat in four games to three. The Celtics, who last won a championship in 2007-2008, will be looking to return to the top of the standings for the first time in 16 years. The Celtics will face the winner of the Western Conference Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves 온라인카지노 in the championship game.

The Celtics, who were down in Game 3 before turning the game around in the fourth quarter, trailed 80-83 after three quarters. However, the Celtics fought back in the fourth quarter and tied the game at 102-102 on a Jaylen Brown jumper with 2:40 left in regulation.

After a scoreless back-and-forth battle between the two teams, the game was finally decided in Boston’s favor. With 45 seconds left in regulation, Derrick White drained a crucial three-pointer off a pass from Brown to make it a 105-102 game. Indiana appeared to have one last chance on Boston’s ensuing possession after a failed offense, as Jayson Tatum’s three-pointer with 8.1 seconds left in regulation fell short, but he was robbed of an offensive rebound by Jrue Halladay.

Boston was led by Brown’s 29 points and Jayson Tatum’s near triple-double with 26 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. Indiana was led by Andrew Nemeth with 24 points and 10 assists, but had to deal with the absence of Tyreese Halliburton, who missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury.

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