Al Horford has broken his streak of 141 playoff games to enter the finals of the NBA. The Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday night to enter the finals after 2010. The Boston Celtics are entering the finals after 2010, first for Al Horford, who has waited for this moment for 14 years of his career.
A streak of 141 playoff games before entering the NBA finals is the longest ever. Al Horford is followed by Paul Millsap, who took 11 fewer playoff games without reaching the finals. Joe Johnson and Steve Nash are joining the list with 120 postseason games each, not leaving behind Terry Cummings with 110 playoff games.
Al Horford put up a performance to take the victory of 100-96 against the Heat, scoring 5 points and 14 rebounds. His average throughout the postseason stood at 12.3 points and 9.3 rebounds.
He shares history with two more teams, and one of the teams even took him closer to the finals. Al Horford started his journey with the Atlanta Hawks in 2007 and stayed in the house till 2016, and it was in 2015 when the Hawks lost the Eastern Conference finals.
Following the 2016 year, Al Horford played a season each with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Another team that took him closer to the final was his own Boston Celtics. The moment came two times in 2017 and 2018, and however, the current year when the team gets to perform in the finals.
Al Horford talked to the media stating that he did not know how to react while crediting the win to his teammates. He said that it felt great as much hard work had been invested over the years. The Boston Celtics will now play the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in San Francisco.
While Game 7 came in with a chocolate tray, Game 6 was an emotional battle for Al Horford as he played that game following the death of his maternal grandfather. According to media reports, Jose Reynoso Nunez – aged 81, suffered various ailments before passing away as the Boston Celtics big man.
Everything has paid off as the final stage is set for the series of battles between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors. The Miami Heat will not play the 101st game of the season, and the Celtics will go on to make the most of Horford, breaking his streak of 141 playoff games.
The Boston Celtics reached the finals with the mighty efforts of Jayson Tatum, who scored 26 points before 24 more were added each by Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown. The last 17 seconds of the game could have changed the course if Jimmy Butler had taken a basket for the Miami Heat to score a 3-pointer.