Celtics 'embarrass' Heat with big win, Eastern Conference finals tied

Celtics ’embarrass’ Heat with big win, Eastern Conference finals tied

Miami – His team went down by 10 in the first minutes, and Boston coach Aime Odoka made no effort to hide his level of disappointment.

His message was simple.

“Wake up,” he told his team.

Oh, they listened. The Eastern Conference finals have all been held, and the series is about to move to Boston as the Celtics now have the advantage of the local stadiums.

Jason Tatum scored 27 points, Marcus Smart and Jaylene Brown each scored 24, and the Celtics went on a massive run in the first half to overtake the Miami Heat 127-102 Thursday night in Game Two of the series.

“The guys are so proud and looking at a golden opportunity that we kind of missed (in the first game) and we thought we could do a lot better. And we did that tonight,” Odoka said.

Smart was a timid rebound for a triple-double, after adding 12 assists and nine rebounds.

Grant Williams scored 19 points for Boston, who used 17-0 late in the first quarter — bolstered by five three-pointers in six possession range — for control. Payton Pritchard and Al Horford each had 10 for the Celtics.

“We were very confident,” Pritchard said.

Jimmy Butler scored 29 points in 32 minutes for Miami, who fell 7-1 at home in this playoff. Gabe Vincent and Victor Oladipo each scored 14 points, and Tyler Hero added 11 points for the Heat.

Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said: “That’s just one. That’s what the experienced players in the dressing room and staff understand. We don’t like it. They played very well. You have two really good teams and we just have to know a few things.”

The Celtics – now 4-0 in this playoff game right after the loss – hit 20 shots from three points range to 10 Miami. Match 3 is Saturday in Boston.

“It’s a loss, whether you lose by 1 or 20,” Vincent said. “It’s a regrouping, go back to the drawing board and get ready for match three.”

And the margin could have been worse: Boston topped by 34 points in fourth, which puts this game on the cusp of the Celtics’ really good history and the Heat’s really bad history. The Celtics’ record for biggest post-season win is 40, the Heat’s record for biggest post-season loss ever is 36, and those numbers were on hand ahead of the meaningless Miami Tour during the last moments.

Boston slipped by 10 in the first quarter, then edged out Miami 60-21 over the next 18 minutes — a 39-point turnaround that ended up leading 70-45 at halftime.

The Celtics’ 25-point lead in the first half was their biggest lead of any road playoff game, a 22-point lead in the first half in Chicago in 2009.

“They came out and hit us in the mouth,” heat center Pam Adebayo said.

Brown had 11 points in the first quarter, when the Celtics went 9 for 11 from a 3-point range. Tatum then had 17 points in the second half and Boston continued to pull back, on a day when everything went the Celtics’ way. They learned earlier in the day that two starters – Horford (virus related issues) and Smart (a midfoot sprain) – were allowed to play in Game 2 after they missed the opening series.

“I got some rest, got my health back, and had to watch and see some things and get out and do in this game,” Smart said.

The good news continued into the night.

Butler did everything he could to try to come back, scoring 16 points in the third quarter and getting the Heat within 17 points. But 12-2 late in the quarter by the Celtics brought back 27 points. The lead was 96-71 to fourth and the result wasn’t close to being in doubt the rest of the way.

Miami didn’t even use its freshmen in the fourth quarter.

Butler said, “It must have hurt us. They tried to embarrass us. They really embarrassed us… In general, we just have to be better.”


Celtics: Technically, the Boston team had another game “on the road” with an even bigger difference at halftime. The Celtics were the designated visitors September 7, 2020 – in the bubble at Walt Disney World – when they took Toronto a 27-point lead at the break. …with Horford’s return, Grant Williams returned to his role off the bench. …Tatum got his second mistake with 4:14 left in the first, after he lunged at a butler. Each half 17-0 came with him off the bench.

Heat: Kyle Lowry (hamstring) has sat for the eighth time in his last 10 games. … It was the first game since Dallas Atlanta on February 1, 2020, with the two teams leading by 10 points in the first quarter … BJ Tucker earned Miami’s first five points, all in the first 51 games of the game. Seconds. It was his 863rd match of his football career, the first in which he scored five points in the first minute. Those were his only points of the night, and he left in the third quarter with a bruised left knee.

25 twice

This Boston team is the sixth club in the last 25 years to play two separate games and have advanced by at least 25 points in Miami in the same season. The Celtics also did so on November 4. Other teams that have made it: Milwaukee last season (won an NBA title), San Antonio in 2013-14 (won an NBA title), Boston in 2007-08 (won an NBA title), Toronto (2007-08). ) and Charlotte (2000-01).

500 and counting

The Heat has announced its 500th consecutive sale, excluding games affected by the pandemic. Only Dallas (867 and counting), Portland (814 from 1977 through 1995), Boston (662 from 1980 through 1995) and Chicago (610 from 1987 through 2000) have streaks the NBA considers longer.

2022-05-20 03:53:00

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