Heat win Game 7 in Boston, advance to NBA Finals

BOSTON – The Miami Heat are going back to the NBA Finals.

Miami defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday by the score of 103-84.

That means for the seventh time in franchise history, the Heat are going to play for the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

WATCH: Local 10′s Will Manso catches up with Heat captain Udonis Haslem following Miami’s Game 7 win:

The win completed an upset of the two-seed Celtics, who were heavy favorites entering the series after finishing the regular season with 57 wins.

Miami squeaked into the playoffs as the Eastern Conference’s eight-seed and had to defeat the league-best Milwaukee Bucks and rival New York Knicks before facing Boston in the conference finals.

Heat star Jimmy Butler was handed the Larry Bird Trophy after being named MVP of the Eastern Conference Finals. He averaged 24.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.6 steals during the series.

WATCH: Local 10′s Will Manso speaks with Heat forward Caleb Martin after Game 7

The victory is a bit of redemption for the Heat after they were beaten by the Celtics during the Eastern Conference Finals last season.

When that series ended, it was Boston enjoying a Game 7 victory on Miami’s home court.

Monday night provided some revenge for the Heat as they celebrated on the TD Garden floor.

WATCH: Fans celebrate on the streets of South Florida:

Next up for Miami is the 2023 NBA Finals, where they’ll face Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets.

Denver finished the season as the top seed in the Western Conference, holding a 53-29 record.

The Nuggets completed a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers last Monday night.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals will take place Thursday, June 1 at 8:30 p.m. from Ball Arena in Denver.

About the Authors:

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.

Will Manso came back home to South Florida when he joined Local 10 in March of 1999. During his time here, Will has kept busy by working in sports, news and he's even dabbled in entertainment. He is now Local 10's sports director and also enjoys the chance to serve as host for special shows on Local 10.