Celtics vs. Heat final score, results: Boston forces Game 5 behind Jayson Tatum’s 33 points

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The Heat are still one more win away from punching their ticket to the 2023 NBA Finals after the Celtics took Game 4 in Miami, 116-99.

Miami cruised to a 128-102 win in Game 3 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead, but it was a different story in Game 4. 

Jimmy Butler dropped a team-high 29 points for the Heat, but an offensive explosion in the second half by Jayson Tatum secured victory for the Celtics. Tatum finished with 34 points on 14-of-22 from the field.

Boston still faces an improbable road to the Finals. 150 teams have been down 0-3 in a Playoff series and none have come back to win. Despite the odds, the Celtics have taken their first step to achieving that lofty goal. 

The Sporting News was tracking g live scoring updates, highlights and all the key moments from Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. 

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Celtics vs. Heat live score, updates, highlights from Game 4

(All times Eastern.)

10:53 p.m. — The Celtics come away with a 116-99 win.

Jayson finished with 34 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists to force a Game 5. 

The Heat were led by Jimmy Butler with 29 points, but it was the team defence of the Celtics that got it done, holding Miami to just 8-of-31 (26%) from the outside. 

10:51 p.m. FINAL — It’s over. The benches have been cleared and this series will head back to Boston for Game 5. It’s one game at a time for the Celtics now down 3-1. 

10:50 p.m. — Tatum has 20 points in the second half now for 31 points overall. He’s stepped up in a way we’ve seen this Playoffs, but not in this series – until now. 

10:42 p.m. — Robert Williams lets out a primal scream as he hammers down the dunk and with 4:55 remaining the Celtics should have it from here… surely?

10:39 p.m. — Gabe Vincent heads to the Heat locker room to have his ankle looked at by the medical staff while the Celtics are on a 12-0 run courtesy of a Marcus Smart splash from deep.

10:37 p.m. — Tatum now has 27 and the Celtics look really good up 97-83.

10:34 p.m. — The Celtics are punishing the Heat with Butler on their bench. They again take some hits but hold true. Good defence leads to better offence as they go up 92-83. 

10:32 p.m. — Great pass from Duncan Robinson to Kyle Lowry for two.

10:26 p.m. — START OF THE FOURTH QUARTER — Butler is on the bench to start the quarter. The Celtics seem very content to just fire away from the outside whereas the Heat are attacking the paint. Bam Adebayo is going to the line for the team’s fourth free-throw attempt in two minutes. Al Horford has picked up his fourth foul. 

10:20 p.m. — END OF THE THIRD QUARTER — The Celtics take a nine-point lead into the last 88-79. Tatum and Butler went toe-to-toe that quarter. This is shaping up as a classic. 

10:19 p.m. — After his previous make Jayson Tatum has passed Paul Pierce to become the Celtics’ all-time leader in Playoff threes with 220.

10:14 p.m. — 15 made threes by the Celtics keeps the charging Jimmy Butler at bay. Grant Williams knocks his third long-range attempt and Boston are up by 10: 81-71. 

10:12 p.m. — Five quick points by Jimmy Butler. To this point he had only nine points – now he’s come alive! He’s been keeping his energy in reserve for a late push. 

10:06 p.m. — Big hit by Marcus Smart. Celtics lead 68-61. It all stems from the great play by Boston’s two superstars.

10:01 p.m. — 11-0 run! Jaylen Brown steals it and goes the other way! Boston lead 63-61.  

9:59 p.m. — Tie ball game! A Derrick White long bomb knots this game at 61. 

9:56 p.m. — Great pick and roll play between Al Horford and Jayson Tatum results in a Tatum three. After a slow start to quarter the Celtics respond with a nice flourish of scores. Boston trails 61-58 with 8:27 on the clock. 

9:54 p.m. — The Celtics miss on two consecutive three-point attempts. The Heat pull ahead 61-52. 

9:51 p.m. START OF THE THIRD QUARTER — Very few fans are back in their seats, but play resumes.  

9:36 p.m. HALFTIME — Caleb Martin leads the game with 14 points on a perfect 6-of-6 from the field. Derrick White is the Celtics top scorer with 11 points.

Can the Celtics build on a passable first half and prolong this series in the second? 

9:36 p.m. END OF THE SECOND QUARTER — Marcus Smart misses the open three and we go to halftime with the Heat up 56-50.  

9:34 p.m. — It looks like the officials are looking at a hostile act under the hoop. Tatum has plowed Strus in the back after the Martin fast break basket. It looked worse in real time than it did on replay. Play resumes with no foul call. 

9:32 p.m. — Grant Williams for three! Boston are hanging about. They’ve had turnovers and made mistakes, but they’ve also absorbed some big hits from the Heat. They trail 54-50. 

9:25 p.m. — What a pass by Gabe Vincent! 

9:20 p.m. — Caleb Martin knocks a massive three. He’s two-of-two from the outside and the Heat retake the lead 43-42 with 5:15 before halftime. 

Martin leads the Heat with 10 points and is a perfect four-of-four from the field and two-of-two from the free-throw line. 

9:14 p.m. — Grant Williams caps off a 17-4 Celtics’ run with a three. Boston leads 37-34 with 7:46 remaining in the quarter. 

9:12 p.m. — Tatum ties the game on a classy layup in traffic. 34-34. 

9:10 p.m. START OF THE SECOND QUARTER — Tatum is called for the charge. His second personal foul. 

8:59 p.m. END OF THE FIRST QUARTER — The Heat lead 29-23 and look intent on ending this series tonight.

Jimmy Butler leads Miami with nine points, while Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have five points apiece to sit atop Boston’s box score.

The Celtics have three major concerns: The Heat are getting into the paint with ease, Butler is getting to the line (4 FTA) and they’re a bit clumsy with the ball (5 TO). If they find a way to fix these issues they’re a better chance in this game. 

8:59 p.m. — Big block by Williams. It was surprising NOT to see him in the Celtics’ starting lineup.  

8:56 p.m. — Robert Williams pushes Cody Zeller to Grant Williams and the refs rightfully access G. Williams a foul. Zeller makes both and the Heat lead 24-18 with two minutes remaining. 

8:46 p.m. — Unselfish play by Vincent, he swings the ball to Kevin Love who knocks down the three. Love has six points on two made threes.

The Heat have awoken from a slow start and are attacking the hoop with purpose. They lead 20-15. The ball just keeps getting into the Celtics keyway.

8:46 p.m. — Timeout Celtics. 12-12. Jimmy Butler hits the jumper and then some turnovers the other way Mazulla calls timeout. The momentum was starting to build against the Celtics, this was a needed break for them.

8:41 p.m. — Boston have come out energised. They’re in a more aggressive mindset to what we’ve seen in the previous three games. They’ve scored 12 quick points with 6:42 remaining. 

8:36 p.m. START OF THE FIRST QUARTER — Heat win the tip, but come up empty on their first possession, before Al Hordford knocks a three to open accounts. 

8:06 p.m. — No surprises here from the Heat, they’re running with: Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, Jimmy Butler, Kevin Love and Bam Adebayo.

8:02 p.m. — Celtics starting five: Marcus Smart, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford.

7:47 p.m. — Caleb Martin warms up before what is potentially the last game of this series. Martin is one of many undrafted players putting in work for the Heat. 

7:41 p.m. — The Celtics have made their way to Kaseya Center for this Game 4.  

7:31 p.m. — After some debate; Kevin Love will suit up for the Heat tonight. He has healed from his leg injury.  

What channel is Celtics vs. Heat on?

Date: Tuesday, May 23
TV channel: TNT
Live streaming: Sling TV

Game 4 of Celtics vs. Heat will air on TNT. Kevin Harlan will handle play-by-play duties alongside analysts Reggie Miller and Stan Van Gundy. Allie LaForce will report from the sideline.

Viewers in the United States can also stream the game on Sling TV.

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What time is Celtics vs. Heat tonight?

Date: Tuesday, May 23
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET 

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