NBA: Derrick White hits buzzer-beater, Celtics force Game 7 against Heat

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Derrick White #9 and Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics react after defeating the Miami Heat 104-103 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Kaseya Center on May 27, 2023 in Miami, Florida. Megan Briggs/Getty Images/AFP

With a dramatic buzzer-beater from Derrick White, the Boston Celtics forced their NBA Eastern Conference Finals series with the Miami Heat to a game-winning seventh game with a 104-103 win at South Florida on Saturday.

The Celtics became just the fourth team in NBA history to tie a best-of-seven playoff series after leading 3-0.

They will now have a chance on Monday for an even more impressive milestone if they can become the first team to win a series after losing the first three games.

The winner of Monday’s game will face Western Conference champions Denver Nuggets in the NBA Finals starting Thursday.

The Celtics had led for most of the contest, but Miami seemed to have secured the victory and the series when Jimmy Butler was fouled, attempting a three-point shot, by Al Horford.

With three seconds remaining on the clock, Butler, who had been well below par until he came to life late in the fourth quarter, kept his composure to sink all three free throws and take the score to 103-102 with three seconds to go.

Facing elimination, Marcus Smart’s three-point attempt bounced off the edge, but White was alert and strong to tip the rebound into the back, the shot only leaving his fingertips for a split second before the buzzer.

“I’m glad we won. Whatever it takes. We put our backs to the wall. Just glad we won,” White said.

“We are a resilient group. We resume. We fought for each other. The work is not yet finished. We have a tough game in Game 7 and we have to find a way to get one more win.

Jayson Tatum led Boston with 31 points and had 11 rebounds and five assists while Jaylen Brown had 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Butler entered the fourth quarter with just nine points but finished with 24 while Caleb Martin provided 21 points for Miami.

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