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NBA Finals Bracket: Before the last games, how did this year's Playoff Bracket end?

Despite finishing eighth in the regular season, the Miami Heat have secured their spot in the NBA Finals. Initially, they dominated the Eastern Conference finals, taking a commanding 3-0 lead.

However, against all expectations, the Boston Celtics made a remarkable comeback, tying the series and forcing a Game 7 on Monday night. Despite this challenge, the Heat emerged victorious with a resounding 103-84 win, propelling them into the NBA Finals. The Denver Nuggets will host Game 1 on Thursday night.

In the East?

Boston aimed to make history by becoming the first team in NBA history to win a series after being down 3-0. Out of the 151 teams that found themselves in a 0-3 deficit during the playoffs, the Celtics were only the fourth team to force a Game 7 and the first to host such a decisive match.

Unfortunately for the Celtics, their star player Jayson Tatum injured his left ankle in the opening minute of the game.

Furthermore, the team struggled with their 3-point shooting, missing their first 10 attempts. On the other side, Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat narrowly edged out Caleb Martin to earn the series MVP title. The Heat's achievement marks only the second time in NBA history, following the 1999 New York Knicks, that an 8th seed has reached the NBA Finals.

What about the West?

In the Western Conference, the Denver Nuggets completed a clean sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers on May 22, concluding the drama in that conference.

The Nuggets concluded a fantastic season by competing for their inaugural NBA championship. Not only did Denver defeat the Lakers for the first time in eight playoff encounters, but they also achieved their first-ever playoff series sweep. As a result, they have been enjoying a well-deserved break before the finals.

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