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Heat Force Game 7 in Miami as Celtics Lose Hard-Fought Matchup at Home

Celtics vs. Heat live stream: Watch Game 6 of East Finals in Boston originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Heat beat the Celtics in Boston Friday night to force a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Jimmy Butler put up 47 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists in a game where the lead changed repeatedly, ultimately leading his team past the C's by a score of 111-103.

Jayson Tatum led the Celtics in scoring with 30 points, also contributing 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and a block. Derrick White was fantastic off the bench, adding 22 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals and a block.

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Will the Boston Celtics punch their ticket to the NBA Finals, or will the Miami Heat force a Game 7 at FTX Arena?

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After a couple of lopsided games, Boston and Miami battled in a more competitive Game 5 on Wednesday night. The C's ultimately bounced back from a rough first half to beat the Heat on the road, 93-80. The victory puts Boston on the brink of its first Finals appearance since 2010.

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Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum paced the C's in Game 5 with 25 and 22 points, respectively. Al Horford (16 pts, 7 reb) and Derrick White (14 pts, 5 ast) also stepped up when the rest of the offense struggled to find its groove.

Robert Williams (6 pts, 10 reb, 3 blk) once again showed his health is key to Boston's success. The Celtics big man again is listed as questionable for Friday's Game 6 along with veteran point guard Marcus Smart (right ankle sprain).

The Heat are even more banged up. Tyler Herro (groin), Kyle Lowry (hamstring), Max Strus (hamstring), P.J. Tucker (knee), and Gabe Vincent (hamstring) each are listed as questionable on Miami's latest injury report.

If the Celtics win, they'll advance to take on the mighty Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. If the Heat can steal a win at TD Garden, they'll head back to South Beach for Game 7.

Here's everything you need to know to watch Friday's Celtics vs. Heat Game 6, featuring NBC Sports Boston's full coverage, including "Celtics Pregame Live" and "Celtics Postgame Live."

What time do the Celtics play the Heat?

Tipoff between the Celtics and Heat is set for Friday, May 27, at 8:30 p.m. ET at TD Garden.

What TV channel is Celtics vs. Heat on?

Celtics-Heat will air on ESPN.

Celtics Pregame Live begins on NBC Sports Boston at 7:30 p.m. ET. Watch the show live here and in the MyTeams app.

Stay with NBC Sports Boston after the game for Celtics Postgame Live. You can watch here and in the MyTeams app.

How to stream Celtics vs. Heat live online

Celtics Pregame Live stream: NBC Sports Boston

Celtics vs. Heat: Watch ESPN

Celtics Postgame Live stream: NBC Sports Boston

Mobile app: MyTeams

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