Score Heat vs Celtics: Miami ends comeback with overtime win over Boston in Game 1


The Miami Heat swept the Indiana Pacers, shocked the Milwaukee Bucks, and in the opening game of the Eastern Conference Finals, took over the Boston Celtics. Miami started the streak on the wrong side of an 8-0 run and trailed by as many as 13 points in the first quarter, looking completely bewildered on offense. He trailed, however, and in the end escaped with a 117-114 overtime win after a clutch play from Jimmy Butler and an incredible and winning block from Bam Adebayo.Butler attacked the basket against Jayson Tatum and scored on his outstretched arms, earning a foul in the process and giving Miami a two-point lead with 12 seconds remaining. On the next possession Tatum drove against Butler and went for a dunk, but Adebayo met him at the rim and crushed the ball. Tatum then missed a 3 point desperation on the buzzer.

With 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Butler hit a 3 corner to give the Heat a one-point lead but, after a timeout, Derrick Jones Jr. fouled the ball ill-advisedly before the Celtics hit the ball. have pushed it in. In overtime, Kemba Walker hit a jumper with 23.2 seconds left, but Butler and Adebayo saved the day in Miami.

Butler finished with 20 points on a 7 for 14 shot, but the Heat’s most important attacking player for much of the night was Goran Dragic, who had 29 points on an 11 for 19 shot. Miami beat Boston 35-35 in the last quarter and 11-8 in overtime.
Tatum scored 30 points on a 10 for 24 shot and Marcus Smart added 26 points on a 9 for 18 shot, but Kemba Walker shot 6 for 19 for his points. Miami tried to get Walker out of the rhythm with a combination of zones 2-3, trapping and switching. This time it worked out well.

Game 2 is Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.


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