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The Celtics entered Monday night’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals with the home crowd advantage and all the momentum imaginable after winning three straight games to tie the series. But they didn’t have Caleb Martin.
The Heat wing enjoyed a breakout series and saved his best for last, scoring 26 points on 11-for-16 shooting in Miami’s 103–84 blowout win that sent the team to the NBA Finals. The win avenged the Heat’s defeat last year to the Celtics in the same round, and has Miami back in the Finals for the second time in four years.
Martin was outstanding all series long, making 60.2% of his field goal attempts and going 21-for-41 on three-pointers, averaging 19.3 points per game. He had just one 20-point playoff game in his career prior to this series, and topped that mark three times against the Celtics.
Given how most expected the Celtics to complete their comeback bid with a win on Monday, Martin’s performance—and the Heat’s dominance—got quite the response on social media. Check out the most notable reactions below.