Derrick White's Buzzer-Beater Rescues Celtics, Forces Game 7 Against Heat


Photo: Instagram/Derrick White

Derrick White's heroic buzzer-beater in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat has ignited a wave of celebration among Boston Celtics fans.

With just seconds remaining, White's putback layup not only saved the Celtics' season but also leveled the series at three games apiece after a thrilling 104-103 victory on Saturday.

Despite the Celtics holding a nine-point lead with under three minutes left, the Heat launched an impressive comeback, fueled by Jimmy Butler's late surge, scoring 13 points in the final four minutes.

Photo: Instagram/Derrick White

The officials added extra time to the clock, which Boston desperately needed to keep their championship hopes alive. In a final attempt to win the game, Marcus Smart took a crucial three-pointer from the wing, but the ball agonizingly rimmed out.

However, White's quick reflexes and determination paid off as he rushed in for the rebound and converted a crucial putback layup, propelling the series back to Boston.

The Celtics now find themselves in a historic position, aiming to become the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-0 deficit in a playoff series. While three teams have managed to tie their series at three games apiece after being down 3-0, none of them were able to secure a victory.

The upcoming Game 7, scheduled for Monday at 8:30 p.m. ET, carries enormous significance for the Celtics as they strive to achieve an unprecedented comeback. All eyes will be on the thrilling matchup, which will be broadcasted by TNT.

In the meantime, the attention remains fixated on White's remarkable shot, which has already secured its place in the annals of NBA postseason history. Comparable to Michael Jordan's iconic buzzer-beater against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1989 playoffs, White's clutch performance has left Twitter users in awe.

Reviewing the box score, Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with an impressive 31 points and 12 rebounds, while Jaylen Brown contributed 26 points and 10 boards. Marcus Smart displayed his prowess with 21 points, and Derrick White made a significant impact with 11 points and six assists.

The Miami Heat had all five starters score in double digits, led by Jimmy Butler's 24 points, despite his 5-of-21 shooting performance. Caleb Martin's double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds also added to the Heat's strong performance.

Read Next: Celtics Star Jaylen Brown Urges Teammates To Stay Focused Despite Game 6 Triumph

Source: Breacher Report
 


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