Jimmy Butler scored 27 points, hitting a pair of baskets to give the Heat the lead after they erased a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit and Miami beat Boston 111-105 on Friday night to take a 2-digit lead. 0 in the Eastern Conference. finals
Bam Adebayo had 22 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists, and Caleb Martin came off the bench to score 25 points for No. 8 seed Miami, which won twice in Boston for a chance to complete the home sweep.
Game 3 is on Sunday.
Jayson Tatum had 34 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for Boston. But the Celtics star went 0-for-3 with two turnovers in the fourth quarter as Boston blew an 89-77 lead en route to its second home loss in three nights. Jaylen Brown scored 16 points on 7-of-23 shooting; he went 1 for 5 with a turnover in the fourth quarter as Miami outscored Boston 36-22.
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The Celtics led by 11 in the third quarter and had a dozen early in the fourth. Boston led 96-87 when Butler scored, going toe-to-toe with Grant Williams before hitting the free throw to complete the three-point play.
Butler mocked Williams’ attempt to word him out of his game, and after Tatum missed from long range, Butler drove to the basket to make it a four-point game.
Miami deleted it.
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Miami trailed 98-96 when Butler was called for an offensive foul, kicking Marcus Smart after hitting a missed 3-pointer.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra challenged, but lost.
He made a 17-footer to tie it at 100, and then a brief fade to give Miami the lead. After Max Strus made one of two free throws, Adebayo scored on a dunk to make it 105-100 with less than a minute to play.
Boston used a 21-2 run to turn an eight-point first-quarter deficit into an 11-point lead.
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Brown went 1 for 7 in the first quarter as Tatum scored 12. Derrick White, who hit just one 3-pointer, was the only player besides Tatum to score more than 2 points in the first. … Adebayo and Butler each grabbed five rebounds in the first quarter. … Lowry and Grant Williams pushed a bit after Williams fouled Adebayo with nine minutes left in the second quarter, with no repercussions.