Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown said that the Boston Celtics were able to relax and play with less anxiety during their 121-108 win over the Miami Heat in game 5.
The Celtics are now down 3-2 in the series.
"Everybody was so anxious, eager to make a play, make something happen. We know what's at stake: We lose and go home.
"But at the same time, we've got to relax a little bit. Take a deep breath. We know how important every possession is, but we've still got to just relax a little bit and play the game, and that was kind of the message at halftime," said Tatum, who finished the game with 31 points and 10 rebounds.
The Celtics scored 41 points in the quarter, including going on a 20-3 run to turn a 60-51 deficit into a 71-63 lead.
Brown added that the Celtics were finally able to settle down in the third.
"What I remember from halftime is Kemba saying, 'We just need to settle down a little bit. We just had to dial in a little bit, and once we did, I felt like we were fine."