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The season ends for Miami in Boston, the Celtics lose to the Heat 118:84

Jaylen Brown and Derrick White each scored 25 points and the Boston Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals by defeating the undermanned Miami Heat 118-84 in Game 5 on Wednesday night.

Boston will face the winner of the Cleveland-Orlando series. The Cavaliers lead 3-2 with Game 6 taking place on Friday evening in Orlando.

Brown also had six assists and White made five 3-pointers. Sam Hauser added 17 points and Jayson Tatum had 16 points and 12 rebounds. The top-seeded Celtics never trailed and led by 35 points. A year after the Heat beat them in Game 7 of the Conference Finals in Boston, they also exacted some revenge.

Bam Adebayo scored 23 points and Tyler Herro 15 for Miami, which was eliminated from the playoffs before the conference finals for the first time since 2021. The Heat struggled throughout, shooting 3 of 29 from 3-point range.

Boston played without center Kristaps Porzingis for the first time this postseason after he suffered a strained right calf in the Celtics' Game 4 win. His teammates filled the gaps, allowing the Celtics' lead to reach 30 points in the first half.

Boston took advantage of a Heat team that was more injured than ever in the series. Jaime Jaquez Jr. was sidelined after suffering a hip injury in Game 4. He was replaced in the lineup by Delon Wright, marking the 37th starting number the Heat used this season. Jaquez joined Jimmy Butler (knee) and Terry Rozier (neck), both of whom have been sidelined since the start of the series.

This created unique rotations for Miami, with veteran Patty Mills earning minutes for the third time in the series.

Boston took advantage of weaknesses in the Heat's defense, spreading them out and knocking down eight three-pointers in the opening period. It helped the Celtics take an 18-point lead in the second quarter.

The highlight of the first 12 minutes was thanks to White, who pulverized Miami from long range with eight 3s in Game 4. He stayed on offense early Wednesday, faking a 3-point attempt and then driving in one Undisputed one-handed dunk.

White then played in front of the home crowd and held his hand to his face as he walked backwards across the court. After the Heat called a timeout, a fan on the sideline near the Celtics' bench could be seen pantomiming White on the sideline.

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