The Celtics and Heat are set to face off in Game 7 at the TD Garden with history on the line.
Boston has become the fourth NBA team to ever force a Game 7 after trailing 3-0 in a playoff series, but it is the first to have the deciding game at home.
Miami will look to avoid infamy and bounce back from a heartbreaking loss in Game 6, while the Celtics will look to keep the momentum rolling in front of a crowd that’s sure to be rocking. More importantly, Boston will look to become the first team to pull off a 3-0 series comeback.
With a trip to the NBA Finals on the line, we’re in for an instant classic between two teams with plenty of playoff history.
Follow along with The Sporting News for live updates, highlights and more from all of the Game 7 action.
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Celtics vs. Heat score
Celtics vs. Heat live score, updates, highlights from Game 7
(All times Eastern)
10:04 p.m. — Much like Tatum, Jimmy Butler turns his ankle while cutting on the baseline. He has a sour look on his face when he applies pressure to it.
10:02 p.m. — Shot clock violation by the Heat. White goes the other way and earns a trip to the stripe. He splits them. 66-59.
10:01 p.m. — The Celtics are running through Derrick White. He gets to the hoop and pops in two, but is called for travel.
9:59 p.m. — White slithers to the rack and lays it in. He now 15 points for the game, tying Brown for the most for the Celtics. Boston have cut the Heat lead back to eight: 66-58. They need to focus to pull any closer. They’ve been in this position before and have suffered defensive lapses to see the lead balloon again.
9:56 p.m. — Robert Williams III drops in the layup. He is prefect from the field at home in this series. He’s causing trouble for Butler defensively too. Strus gets free for a three to arrest any Celtics’ momentum.
9:53 p.m. — Here we go 8-0 run by the Celtics! Derrick White drops an and-one to do the damage. Heat lead 61-53.
9:51 p.m. — Tatum is really sore and hurt. His ankle injury is worse than he’s letting on.
9:47 p.m. START OF THE THIRD QUARTER — Miami drop seven unanswered points to start the quarter, Jimmy Butler with five of them. Whatever Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said at halftime has had zero effect. 59-43.
9:33 p.m. END OF THE SECOND QUARTER — Marcus Smart ends the half on a little four point flourish, but the Celtics still trail by 11: 52-41.
The Celtics have no answer for the Heat’s zone defence. Boston are shooting 4-of-21 (19%) from the outside. Joe Mazzulla has no creativity in his offensive playbook, and with Jayson Tatum hobbled by an ankle injury, the inexperienced coach will need to come up with some answers fast.
Caleb Martin leads the Heat and the game in scoring with 14 points while Jimmy Butler has 11 points and five rebounds.
The only worry for Miami is the invisible performance and foul trouble surrounding Bam Adebayo. He has just four points and three fouls.
9:25 p.m. — Official Scott Foster with a very Scott Foster-like call. He pings Adebayo for a moving screen. The foul was there and it’s Adebayo’s third. It’s the type of momentum shifting call the controversial official revels in making, especially when the home team prospers.
9:21 p.m. — After a Tatum score the crowd stands to its feet, only to be silenced by a Gabe Vincent corner three. Despite trailing the Celtics seem to be building momentum.
Bam Adebayo has been totally ineffective and is passing up open shots. The Heat need him to improve to see off this Celtics charge. However, the Heat still lead 47-34.
9:18 p.m. — Caleb Martin! A three and a two-point jumper back-to-back. 13 points and five rebounds so far. The undrafted stud is putting in work.
9:15 p.m. — Tatum explodes in the open court for the fast break layup. Timeout Miami! That was Tatum’s second field goal attempt of the game and it’s good to see him get going. The problem is; again the Celtics star comes away from the play grimacing with ankle pain. Heat lead 38-25.
9:11 p.m. — Brown hits another Boston three. Are they starting to turn the corner with their shooting?
9:07 p.m. — Horford knocks down the Celtics’ first three of the night! With that make Boston are now five of their last 40 attempts from the outside in this series. Heat lead 30-18.
9:02 p.m. START OF THE SECOND QUARTER — Horrible start by the Celtics! Horford leaves Duncan Robinson wide open and then Haywood Highsmith picks Tatum’s pocket and goes the other way for an easy layup. Five quick points for the Heat. They’re up 27-15.
9:02 p.m. END OF THE FIRST QUARTER — Heat lead 22-15
With Jayson Tatum on the bench the Celtics limp to the quarter-time break.
Boston are 0-of-10 from the outside! Tatum only has one point and is under an injury cloud after turning his ankle in the first minute of play.
Jaylen Brown is the Celtics’ leading scorer with eight points, but there is no cohesion to the Celtics’ offence. The Heat have gone to a zone and the Celtics can’t attack it effectively. This was their lowest scoring quarter of the postseason.
Caleb Martin has a team-high seven points for the Heat as they look to be in the driver’s seat.
8:57 p.m. — Great drive by Marcus Smart who throws up an alley top to Robert Williams III. Heat lead trimmed to three: 18-15.
8:51 p.m. — Malclom Brogdon airballs a three as the Heat go the other way and connect on their second three in a row.
The Heat are on a 11-2 run as the Celtics struggle against the zone defence; shooting 0/8 from three so far. Heat lead 16-11 with 2:34 remaining.
8:48 p.m. — Bad turnover by Bam Adebayo. The pass from Butler was serviceable, but the big man fumbles it out of bounds. Adebayo has had down games in the Heat’s recent losses. He needs some early and easy hoops to build confidence.
8:46 p.m. — The Heat are in a zone defence. Miami are gambling on the Celtics going cold from the outside. This defence has been effective in patches this series.
8:43 p.m. — Timeout. Both teams a little tight on offence, missing shots they should make. Celtics lead 9-4 with 6:53 remaining in the first quarter.
8:38 p.m. — Tatum splits his free throws and runs down the court with his teeth gritted. He’s definitely in pain. This is a storyline to monitor throughout the game.
8:36 p.m. — With the first play of the game Jayson Tatum drives the baseline and collides with Gabe Vincent. On the way down he lands on Vincent’s foot and turns his ankle. He hobbles away, but seems okay.
8:34 p.m. START OF THE FIRST QUARTER — The Celtics win the tip and this Game 7 is underway!
8:03 p.m. — The starting lineups have been announced.
Boston Celtics: Marcus Smart, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford.
Miami Heat: Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, Jimmy Butler, Caleb Martin and Bam Adebayo.
7:49 p.m. — Malcolm Brogdon looks to be AVAILABLE for the Celtics.
7:43 p.m. — Charles Barkley asking the tough questions during pregame: “Two greater words: Game Seven or Summer Vacation?”
What channel is Celtics vs. Heat on?
- Date: Monday, May 29
- TV channel: TNT
- Live streaming: Sling TV
Celtics vs. Heat will air on TNT. Viewers can also stream the game on Sling TV.
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What time is Celtics vs. Heat tonight?
- Date: Monday, May 29
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET | 5:30 p.m. PT
Celtics vs. Heat will tip off around 8:30 p.m. ET on Monday, May 29. The game will be played at the TD Garden in Boston.
Celtics vs. Heat odds
Boston is a 7.5-point favorite heading into Game 7.
For the full market, check out BetMGM.
Celtics vs. Heat schedule
Here is the complete schedule for the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals:
||Heat 123, Celtics 116
||Heat 111, Celtics 105
||Heat 128, Celtics 102
||Celtics 116, Heat 99
||Celtics 110, Heat 97
||Celtics 104, Heat 103