BOSTON (AP) – Still angry about a blowout loss in Miami that cost them a home advantage in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Heat jumped a 26-point lead in the first half over the Boston Celtics in Game Three.
Then Pam Adebayo I made sure that was enough – hardly – to give Miami a 2-1 lead in a best of seven series.
The middle of the Heat scored 31 points from 10 rebounds to fill the void left by the injured star Jimmy Butler And lead Miami to a 109-103 victory on Saturday night. Adebayo also has six assists and four of the Heat’s post-season 19 steals record.
“He did his version of what Jimmy does: ‘Do what’s necessary for the game,'” Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said.
“Then, when Jimmy went out in the second half, he stabilized us,” Spoelstra added. “I got a little bit brave and when that happened, we were able to get the ball to Pam and get something coherent.”
He never led the Celtics, but they cut the 46-20 deficit to one point, 93-92, with 2:40 to play on the 3-pointer Jaylyn BrownWho finished with 40 points. Max Strauss responded with 3, then Adebayo bounced back from the defender Alhorford He made a basket at the shot clock bell to give Miami a six-point cushion.
The Celtics never got close.
Fourth game Monday night in Boston.
“In the previous match, as everyone noticed, they hit us as if we stole something,” Adebayo said. “This should wake everyone up. Getting the rhythm in the house like that, that says it all.”
In a bruised game saw Butler and Boston Jason Tatum And Marcus Smart Left with injuries – despite Celtics back – Kyle Lowry He came back from an absence of four games and scored 11 with six assists for T. PJ Tucker – Like Laurie, match-time decision – scored 17 for Miami.
Horford scored 20 points with 14 rebounds, Smart 16 rebounds, and Tatum scored 10 points in a 3-for-14 rebound. He also had six turnovers, and Brown committed seven of Boston’s turnovers in 2022.
“Six turnovers, no field goals in the second half – that’s unacceptable,” Tatum said. “Honestly, I should play better. I feel like I left the guys hanging tonight. That’s on me.”
After losing their second game at home by 25 points, the Heat took a 62-37 lead with less than three minutes remaining in the second quarter. Boston then scored the last 10 points of the game to make his way back into the game.
Things got worse for Miami when they announced in the first half that Butler, who scored 41 in the group opener, would no longer have a sore right knee.
Miami still led 15, 87-72, after three, and made it a 17-point game over Adebayo’s basket to start the fourth. But the Celtics crossed the next nine points to take the number one spot for the first time since the first three minutes of the game. Late 93-80, the Celtics scored 12 consecutive points — 10 from Brown — to make it a one-point game with 2:40 remaining.
Miami scored the next seven points.
“We didn’t think it would suddenly be an easy streak and they would roll,” said Boston coach Aimee Odoka. “We bounced from Game 1 to Game 2, and they would have done the same and we had to match that and we came out flat for whatever reason.”
inside and outside
Boston opened the second half with a basket to make it a 13-point game, but the building fell silent when Smart, Defensive Player of the Year, fell into a collision with Lowry while going for a loose ball and needed help with that. Dressing room.
Smart returned just five minutes later, to a huge cheering when the scoreboard showed him walking down the tunnel back toward the field. He scored again seven minutes before the end of the third game and hit the three-pointer making it a 10-point game, 72-62, and forcing the Heat to call a timeout.
The situation was repeated when Tatum fell in apparent pain five minutes earlier in the fourth minute. He went straight to the locker room, holding his right side, but also returned to the crowd’s cheers.
“My neck got stuck in a weird position,” Tatum said. “Obviously I went down and had some pain and discomfort in my neck and down my arms. I went back, got it checked, and started getting some sensation again and got it checked out by the doctors and had some tests and decided to give it a try.”
Lowry has missed eight of the Heat’s previous 10 games with a right hamstring injury, most recently playing in Game 4 of their second-round series in Miami with Philadelphia. Tucker had a sore left knee but was also in the starting lineup.
“I don’t have any updates on anyone,” Spoelstra said. “We’ll just go back to our cave and just regroup and maybe I’ll get some information for you tomorrow.”
The Celtics played without a position Robert Williams The third, who missed three second-round matches against Milwaukee with soreness and a bruise in his surgically repaired left knee bone. Daniel Theiss started in its place. Derek White He returned after losing Game 2 to be upon the birth of his first child.
The Heat forced 24 turns in total to lead to 33 points in Miami. The Heat also scored nine turnovers that led to nine points for the Celtics. …the Miami seat won by 26-16 for Boston. … The Heat shot shot 64% in the first quarter but finished at 46.7%. … Penn State coach, former Celtics assistant Micah Shrewsbury and Providence College coach Ed Cooley were in attendance.
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