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Will Celtics win Game 5 vs. Heat? Here's how C's have fared in similar situations

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The Boston Celtics face a daunting task in their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Miami Heat.

The Heat took a 3-1 lead with a Game 4 win on Wednesday night, and they can clinch their first NBA Finals berth since 2014 with a victory in Friday night's Game 5.

A team has overcome a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-7 NBA playoff series 13 times, and two of them have come in this year's postseason courtesy of the Denver Nuggets.

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The Celtics are one of two East franchises to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the conference/division finals. They have done it against the Philadelphia 76ers twice (1968 and 1981).

The Celtics are 1-0 when facing elimination in this playoff run -- a Game 7 win over the Toronto Raptors in the second round. The current challenge is obviously a much harder task, particularly against a Heat team with plenty of depth, talent and competitive fight.

What are the Celtics' chances of extending the series with a Game 5 win?

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Here's how the C's have fared in their 13 Game 5s when trailing 3-1 in a best-of-7 series. Boston has a 7-6 record overall.

2019 Conference Semifinals: Lost vs. Milwaukee Bucks

2017 Conference Finals: Lost vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

2013 First Round: Won vs. New York Knicks (lost series in six games)

2011 Conference Semifinals: Lost vs. Miami Heat

1987 NBA Finals: Won vs. Los Angeles Lakers (lost series in six games)

 

1982 Conference Finals: Won vs. Philadelphia 76ers (lost series in seven games)

1981 Conference Finals: Won vs. Philadelphia 76ers (won series in seven games)

1980 Conference Finals: Lost vs. Philadelphia 76ers

1975 Conference Finals: Won vs. Washington Bullets (lost series in six games)

1973 Conference Finals: Won vs. New York Knicks (lost series in seven games)

1972 Conference Finals: Lost vs. New York Knicks

1968 Division Finals: Won vs. Philadelphia 76ers (won series in seven games)

1967 Division Finals: Lost vs. Philadelphia 76ers