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Celtics Fall to Heat in OT to Open Eastern Conference Finals



Celtics Fall to Heat in OT to Open Eastern Conference Finals

Celtics Jimmy Butler thought he gained the sport for Miami with a 3-pointer late in regulation.

He put the Warmth forward once more in additional timeafter which Bam Adebayo completed it off with the most important block of his profession.

Butler’s three-point play with 12 seconds left put Miami up for good, Adebayo blocked Jayson Tatum’s dunk try within the last seconds and the Warmth rallied again and again to beat the Boston Celtics 117-114 in Sport 1 of the Japanese Convention finals on Tuesday night time.

Kemba Walker’s basket with 23.2 seconds left in additional time put Boston up by one, earlier than Butler muscled his solution to the rim for a rating whereas getting fouled by Tatum. The Celtics went to Tatum on the following possession, solely to look at him get denied by Adebayo.

And the Warmth down by 13 within the first quarter, down by 14 within the fourth struck first, ending Boston’s seven-game streak of Sport 1 wins.

Tatum scored 30 factors for the Celtics, Marcus Good had 26 factors, Walker had 19 and Jaylen Brown added 17. Goran Dragic had 29 factors, Jae Crowder scored 22, Jimmy Butler scored 20 and Adebayo had 18 for the Warmth.

Miami’s Tyler Herro was one help shy of a triple-double ending with 12 factors, 11 rebounds and 9 assists.

Boston led 85-71 early within the fourth and saved the lead for nearly all the last intervaltill Butler linked on a 3-pointer from the suitable nook with 22 seconds left for a 106-105 Miami edge.

The Celtics tied it earlier than the clock even began once more. Derrick Jones Jr. was referred to as for an away-from-the-play foul whereas Miami defended the inbounds go, a name the place the Warmth argued to no avail that he received shoved as a substitute. Tatum went to the road, tied the sport with the free throw, and Boston hastily went from needing a rating to having the ability to run out the clock.

Miami needed a touring name when Tatum received the ball with about 7 seconds left. His 3-pointer was brief, and to additional time they went.

Boston began quick by working out to a 24-11 lead, solely to see Miami sluggish the Celtics down by going to loads of zone and getting sufficient stops to permit their offense to start out clawing again. The Warmth scored 37 factors in a 10-minute span of the second quarter and the groups went into halftime knotted at 55.

The most important Warmth lead of the second half got here early within the third, 61-56, after Butler received a brief hook to fall.

Then Boston received rolling once more.

The Celtics outscored the Warmth 27-10 over the ultimate 8:17 of the third quarter, Good scoring 10 in that stretch to match the complete Miami output by himself, and the Boston lead was 83-71 going into the fourth. Miami shot 6 for 22 within the first quarter to get into bother, then 6 for 20 within the third to get into an even bigger mess.


Warmth: Miami has gotten into early bother in all three of its Sport 1s in these playoffs  down eight to Indiana early within the first spherical, down 11 to Milwaukee within the opening quarter of the second spherical and down 13 to Boston in Tuesday’s first quarter. … Andre Iguodala, who performed in zero conference-final video games in his first 10 seasons, has now performed in 22 since 2015.

Celtics: Boston’s document for consecutive Sport 1 wins is 11, from 1985 by 1987. The Celtics gained eight straight from 1959 by 1962. … Gordon Hayward (ankle) was inactive once more, although the Celtics imagine he can play on this sequence. … Brad Wanamaker had 5 steals for Boston.


Tuesday was the 141st assembly all-time between the Celtics and Warmth. It additionally marked the 39th all-time matchup between the Boston Crimson Sox and Miami Marlins — but it surely was the primary time these 4 golf equipment all confronted off on the identical date. The closest they beforehand got here to colliding was 2012, when the Warmth topped the Celtics in Sport 7 of the East finals on June 9 and the Crimson Sox and Marlins opened a sequence two days later.


Tatum’s son younger Deuce cleared quarantine and was reunited along with his dad — and the remainder of the Celtics — within the bubble on Tuesday. “In the end, it is simply good for them to see their households,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens mentioned. “I walked down the hallway with Deuce right now, which was the spotlight of my 70 days right here. I feel that is simply actually cool.”

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