The following comes courtesy of Bard, Google’s AI platform except where bold.
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The Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics 128-102 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday night at FTX Arena in Miami. The Heat now lead the series 2-1 and can advance to the NBA Finals with a win in Game 4 on Wednesday night. [This is as glaring a mistake as Bard has made so far. I’m kinda surprised. It’s a 3-0 lead, not 2-1]
The Heat were led by Jimmy Butler, who had 30 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists [Butler finished with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists]. Bam Adebayo added 22 points and 12 rebounds [Bam had 13 points and 3 rebounds], and Tyler Herro had 21 points off the bench [Herro is out and Bard knows this!]. The Celtics were led by Jayson Tatum, who had 30 points [Tatum contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds], but he shot just 10-of-23 [6-18] from the field. Jaylen Brown added 20 points [Brown only had 12 points], and Marcus Smart had 16 points and 8 assists [Smart finished the game with 8 points, 8 assists and 9 rebounds].
The Heat shot 52.5% from the field [56.8%], including 50% from three-point range [54.3%]. The Celtics shot 43.4% from the field [39.8%] and 32.4% from three-point range [26.2%]. The Heat also outrebounded the Celtics 44-36 [In fact, the Celtics won the rebounding match by a significant amount, 57-35. So, there is that Celtics fan!].
The Heat jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back. They led by as many as 24 points in the second half. The Celtics made a late run, but it was too little too late.
The Heat are now one win away from the NBA Finals. They will look to close out the series on Wednesday night in Miami.
Bard seems to have regressed a bit. Regardless, the key takeaway from this game was how bad the Celtics responded to the biggest game of their season. They simply did not put up much of a fight, at all. The numbers only tell a portion of that story.