The NBA Finals are set in stone with the Los Angeles Lakers set to square off against the Miami Heat.
Game 1 of the tantalising showdown will take place on Thursday after the Heat took care of business in Game 6 against the Boston Celtics.
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Boston looked likely to force the series into a deciding Game 7 when they held a six-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but as they have continued to show throughout the playoffs, the Heat never die.
Bam Adebayo fuelled the extraordinary comeback and finished the close-out game with an absurd stat line of 32 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.
It makes him only the fourth player in franchise history to record a statline of 30-10-5 in a playoff game.
Young shooting star Tyler Herro finished with 19 points for the game, but had 11 in the fourth quarter as the Heat ran away to record the 125-113 victory and advance 4-2 from the Eastern Conference Finals.
“We’ve been underdogs our whole life. Everybody up here has got a chip on their shoulder from something. It’s a tossup when you get in the Finals. We’re not backing down from anybody, and that’s what I like about this team,” Adebayo said after the game.
The Heat finished the regular season fifth in the Eastern Conference but have so far gone 12-3 throughout the postseason to set up the epic contest against the Lakers who have a similar 12-3 playoff record.
The last time the Heat franchise featured in the NBA Finals was in 2013 when current Lakers megastar LeBron James led them to the promised land.
Boston will be left to rue what could have been after having the Heat back up against the wall in the fourth quarter.
“We had our chances and we didn’t take advantage of them enough,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “We gave it everything we had. … we just, for whatever reason — and it was really a myriad of reasons … we just couldn’t solve them late.”
Jaylen Brown led four Celtics players with over 20 points, dropping 26 and pulling down 8 rebounds.
NBA FINALS SCHEDULE
Game 1: Thursday, October 1
Game 2: Saturday, October 3
Game 3: Monday, October 4
Game 4: Wednesday, October 7
Game 5*: Saturday, October 10
Game 6*: Monday, October 12
Game 7*: Wednesday, October 14