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Boston Celtics reach NBA Finals for first time since 2010

The Boston Celtics advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in 12 years, defeating the Miami Heat 100-96 in game seven. Jimmy Butler…

The Boston Celtics advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in 12 years, defeating the Miami Heat 100-96 in game seven.

Jimmy Butler missed a late three-point effort that would have given Miami the lead, and Boston almost failed for the fifth time in six playoff appearances.

The Celtics, on the other hand, will face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

The Celtics led by 17 at one point in the second quarter but a fourth-quarter flurry helped Miami repeatedly reduce the advantage.