Heat players thank Draymond Green for inspiring Game 6 win over Celtics

With the season on the horizon, the Miami Heat played an inspired Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night.

Needing wins to extend their season, the top-seeded Heat held a furious rally against the Boston Celtics to earn the 111-103 win at TD Garden.

Jimmy Butler played the game of his life and posted a playoff career-high 47 points to send the best-of-seven series back to Miami for the winning take-all Game 7.

After a 25-point loss at home in Game 5 and heading into Game 6, the heats were counted out by almost every NBA analyst and even some players, including Warriors forward Draymond Green.

That was all the fuel the heat needed.

Shortly after the final buzzer rang in Boston, veteran Heat forward Udonis Haslem joined Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy at the ESPN broadcast table and had something to say.

“He wants a message relayed,” Jackson said. “He said, ‘Tell Draymond Green thank you.’ Draymond Green said, “We’re going to play the Boston Celtics.” Udonis Haslem comes over and says, “Thanks for the inspiration.”

A few minutes later, PJ Tucker went on ESPN and said essentially the same thing.

“Hey, tell Draymond I said appreciate it,” Tucker told ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt at the SportsCenter after the game.

After the Warriors defeated the Mavericks Thursday night to secure their spot in the NBA Finals, Green went on TNT’s Inside the NBA show and was asked which team he would like to play against.

“If you ask me who I want to play against, I’ll tell you who I think we’re going to play against,” Green said. “We’re going to play Boston. That’s who we’re going to play.”

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Green may have unexpectedly started a fire under the heat. If Miami beats Boston in Game 7 on Sunday night, they’ll take extra motivation into the NBA Finals against the Warriors.

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