Boston Celtics roll over Miami Heat in game four to clinch playoff berth. Jayson Tatum excels. The defeat is historic for the Heat.

After trailing 1:2 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat, the team of German international Daniel Theis turned the tables in the night from Monday to Tuesday.

Head coach Ime Udoka’s team dismantled the Heat 102-82 in game four to tie the series.

Although Miami’s All-Star Jimmy Butler, who had been plagued by knee problems, was able to play again, the Heat suffered a defeat that took on historic features in its bizarre course.

Tatum the outstanding man

The outstanding man for Boston was Jayson Tatum, who has a contract worth 163 million dollars and delivered a 31-point gala. The 24-year-old also had eight rebounds and five assists.

But Tatum was not the only one to shine: the offensive team of Payton Pritchard (14 points), Derrick White (13) and Robert Williams as well as Jaylen Brown (twelve each) also contributed to the victory, scoring in double figures. Theis played nine minutes, scored four points and grabbed three rebounds.

The Heat, on the other hand, never managed to get into the game. Especially the first quarter was full of absurdities: Only one point in the first eight minutes was unheard of for Miami in the past 25 years. The Heat missed 15 of their first 16 shot attempts and were down 4:26 at one point.

The Heat’s starting five was collectively off its game: by the end of the game, they had scored just 18 points, a mark unprecedented in a playoff game since the stats were recorded in 1970-71, according to ESPN.

Spoelstra’s consequence: he left his entire starting quintet of Butler (6 points), Bam Adebayo (9). Kyle Lowry (3), PJ Tucker and Max Strus (0 each) on the bench in the fourth quarter. However, the second guard around Victor Oladipo (23), who was clearly stronger on this day, could not avert defeat.

The Heat had won both the first and third games of the series, the Celtics managed to equalise in the meantime.

Game five will be played on Thursday in Miami, the series between the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks with Luka Doncic and Maxi Kleber is 3-0.