Celtics vs. Heat live score, updates, highlights from Game 5 of NBA Playoffs

Once again, the Celtics must get a win tonight to keep their season alive.

Boston managed to stave off elimination and avoid a sweep by defeating the Heat in Game 4 on Tuesday night. It moved them one step closer to their goal of becoming the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series. 

Jayson Tatum’s second half outburst helped the Celtics fight back from a nine-point deficit in the third quarter to get the all-important victory. He finished with 33 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds while his teammates Jaylen Brown and Derrick White pitched in with 17 and 16 points, respectively. 

“We can’t relax,” Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said after the game. “We have to keep the same level of intensity, the same mindset, the same focus in the next game.”

Things have now shifted back to Boston, where Miami won Games 1 and 2 early in the series to take control. If the Heat manage to earn another road win tonight, it will punch their ticket to the NBA Finals for the second time in three years. 

The Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Game 5 of Celtics vs. Heat. Follow along with all of the action right here.

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Celtics vs. Heat score

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Celtics vs. Heat live score, updates, highlights from Game 5

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8:41 p.m. — What a start for Boston! TD Garden erupts as Jaylen Brown hits a three, then Marcus Smart hits back-to-back triples to cap off an 11-1 Celtics run! They now lead 15-5 about five minutes into this game. 

8:38 p.m. START OF FIRST QUARTER — We are underway, and Tatum is off to a hot start after slamming home a dunk for his second bucket of the game. But he wanted a foul call on the drive, and his protests to the official earn him an early technical foul. A bit unfortunate there, but the Celtics’ intensity is apparent already. They lead 6-4 early. 

8:30 p.m. — For the second game in a row, the Celtics’ task is simple. Win and stay alive, lose and go home. Can they get it done again?

8:18 p.m. — Boston’s Jaylen Brown shares a heartwarming moment with his grandfather before tip-off. Win or lose, he’ll be proud of his grandson.

8:10 p.m. — With Gabe Vincent ruled out for the Heat tonight due to a sprained ankle, veteran guard and six-time All-Star Kyle Lowry will take his place in the starting lineup. Not the worst backup plan.

7:54 p.m. — This series’ two superstars, Butler and Tatum, arrive at TD Garden.

7:45 p.m. — A familiar face returns to the floor for Miami. Tyler Herro, who suffered a broken hand in the Heat’s very first playoff game this season against Milwaukee, is out there putting up shots. He’s still unlikely to return this postseason, but it’s definitely encouraging to see him back on the hardwood. 

What channel is Celtics vs. Heat on?

  • Date: Thursday, May 25
  • TV channel: TNT
  • Live streaming: Sling TV

Celtics vs. Heat will air on TNT. Viewers can also stream the game on Sling TV.

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What time is Celtics vs. Heat tonight?

  • Date: Thursday, May 25
  • Time: 8:30 p.m. ET | 5:30 p.m. PT

Celtics vs. Heat will tip off around 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 25. The game will be played at the TD Garden in Boston.

Celtics vs. Heat odds

Boston is a 7.5-point favorite heading into Game 5.

Game Lines Celtics Heat
Spread -7.5 +7.5
Moneyline -300 +240

For the full market, check out BetMGM.

Celtics vs. Heat schedule

Here is the complete schedule for the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals:

Date Game Time (ET) TV channel
May 17 Heat 123, Celtics 116 8:30 p.m. TNT
May 19 Heat 111, Celtics 105 8:30 p.m. TNT
May 21 Heat 128, Celtics 102 8:30 p.m. TNT
May 23 Celtics 116, Heat 99 8:30 p.m. TNT
May 25 Game 5 8:30 p.m. TNT
May 27 Game 6* 8:30 p.m. TNT
May 29 Game 7* 8:30 p.m. TNT

*If necessary

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