By Satuk Bugra Kutlugun
ANKARA (AA) - The Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics 111-103 on Friday night in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals to force a decisive Game 7.
Heat superstar Jimmy Butler put on a masterpiece performance, dropping a career playoffs-high 47 points, grabbing 9 rebounds, dishing out 8 assists, and making 4 steals.
Despite the Heat's lead in the first three quarters, the Celtics managed to make a comeback in front of their home fans in the fourth quarter.
The Celtics even took the lead with 4:43 to go in the game, when Derrick White, who was putting on a surprising performance with 22 points, hit a three-pointer to give his team a 97-94 lead.
The Heat immediately responded with point guard Kyle Lowry's three-pointer, who eventually fouled out the game with 18 points and 10 assists.
The rest of the match belonged to Butler, who made tough shot after tough shots to keep his team alive in the series.
Butler's performance immediately brought back memories of another iconic performance, when in 2012, in the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James won Game 6 in Boston, scoring 45 points to force a Game 7 at home.
Despite the valiant effort, the Celtics fell short and failed to finish the series in Game 6 and move onto the NBA Finals.
Boston's superstar and All-NBA First Team selection Jayson Tatum racked up 30 points, while Jaylen Brown scored 20 points in the losing effort.
Both teams played with high-percentage free throws, as the Miami Heat hit 24 of 25 and the Celtics made 28 of 31.
The series is tied 3-3, with Game 7 set for Sunday in Miami.