Miami beats Boston 109-103 to lead series 2-1 – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (AP) — Bam Adebayo had 31 points and 10 rebounds for the Miami Heat, who blew a 25-point first-half lead and lost Jimmy Butler to a knee injury but held on to beat the Boston Celtics 109 -103 in the Game. 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night.

Boston never led the game, but it almost erased the entire 62-37 deficit and closed within a point, 93-92, with 2:40 left on a 3-pointer by Jaylen Brown, who finished with 40 points.

Max Strus responded with a 3-pointer and then Adebayo rebounded off defenseman Al Horford and made a basket as the shot clock sounded to give Miami a six-point cushion that it had to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-match series. seven.

Game four is Monday night in Boston.

In a game in which Butler and Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart all left with injuries, though both Celtics returned, Kyle Lowry returned from a four-game absence and scored 11 with six assists for the Heat. PJ Tucker, like Lowry, a decision at game time, scored 17 for the Heat.

Horford had 20 points with 14 rebounds and Smart had 16. Tatum had 10 points on 3-for-14 shooting; he also had six turnovers and Brown committed seven of Boston’s 24 turnovers, a 2022 playoff-high.

After losing Game 2 at home by 25 points to give home-court advantage to the Celtics, the Heat opened up a 62-37 lead with less than three minutes left in the second quarter and then watched Boston score the final 10 half points to grab your way back into the game.

Things got worse for the Heat when they announced at halftime that Butler, who scored 41 in the series opener, would not return with inflammation in his right knee.

Miami still led 15, 87-72, after three, and had a 17-point game on a basket by Adebayo to start the fourth. But the Celtics used the next nine points to get close to single digits for the first time since the first three minutes of the game. Trailing 93-80, the Celtics scored 12 straight points, 10 by Brown, to make it a one-point game with 2:40 remaining.

IN AND OUT

Boston opened the second with a basket to make it a 13-point game, but the building went silent when Smart, the Defensive Player of the Year, collided with Lowry while searching for a fumble and needed help. costumes

Smart returned just five minutes later, drawing a standing ovation as the scoreboard showed him walking through the tunnel back onto the pitch. He came back with seven minutes left in the third and hit a 3-pointer that turned the game into 10 points, 72-62, and forced the Heat to call a timeout.

The situation repeated itself when Tatum went down in obvious pain with five minutes left in the fourth. He went straight to the locker room, clutching his right side, but he, too, returned to the cheers of the crowd.

Lowry missed eight of the Heat’s previous 10 games with a right hamstring strain, last playing in Game 4 of Miami’s second-round series with Philadelphia. Tucker had sore left knee but was also in the starting lineup.

The Celtics played without center Robert Williams III, who missed three games in the second round against Milwaukee with soreness and a surgically repaired left knee bone bruise. Daniel Theis departed in his place. Derrick White returned after missing Game 2 to attend the birth of his first child.

TIPS

The Celtics’ 24 turnovers led to 33 Miami points. The Heat had nine turnovers that led to nine points from the Celtics. … Miami’s bench outscored Boston’s 26-16. … The Heat shot 64% in the first quarter, but finished at 46.7%. … Penn State coach and former Celtics assistant Micah Shrewsberry and Providence College coach Ed Cooley were in attendance.

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