Celtics Vs. Heat: Live updates from NBA playoffs as Boston seeks to close Miami in sixth game for final

The Boston Celtics are on the verge of their 22nd NBA Finals appearance in franchise history. They defeated the Miami Heat in the fifth game of the Eastern Conference Finals to advance 3-2. The series now returns to Boston on Friday night, as the Celtics will have the advantage of playing in front of their TD Garden fans as they try to push the first team away from the East. With three quarters in the books, the Heat have an 82-75 lead over the Celtics as they try to extend their season.

While it’s only a game-high advantage for Boston, it has outscored Miami in 15 of the 20 quarters played in this series. The Celtics prevailed in Game 5, 93-80, thanks to a dominant second half that was triggered by a 24-12 run to end the third quarter. They are looking for their first place in the Finals since 2010 after going 0-4 in the conference finals since 2012. The Heat, meanwhile, have been 5-0 in the ECF since 2011, but this streak is in grave danger and they will have to find a way to keep their season alive without the services of Tyler Herro as he has been ruled out, once again, with a groin injury.

Follow all the updates and real-time analysis of Game 6 between the Heat and the Celtics below.

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