“I am still in disbelief,” Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum said.
Derrick White tipped in a shot with one-tenth of a second remaining to save the Boston Celtics season after a 104-103 win over the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Celtics force a Game 7 after being down 3-0 in the series to the Heat.
“Our backs were against the wall; I’m just happy we won,” White said.
Tatum scored 31 points, and Jaylen Brown added 26 for the Celtics.
The 1951 New York Knicks, 1994 Denver Nuggets, 2003 Portland Trailblazers, and now 2023 Boston Celtics are the only teams to trail 3-0 and force a Game 7.
The Celtics are the first to host a Game 7.
Jimmy Butler made three free throws with 3.0 seconds left. It capped a Miami rally from 10 points down with less than four minutes remaining.
“If I play better, we are not in this position,” Butler said.
Teams are 0-150 when down 0-3 in a best-of-seven series. The Heat need to win Game 7 to prevent being the first in NBA history to blow a 3-0 series lead.
The Heat and Celtics will face off in a Game 7 for the second straight year. This is the first time opposing teams will play in a Game 7 in consecutive years since 1994-95. It is the 6th time overall.