Heat edge Celtics again to grab commanding 2-0 series lead

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Goran Dragic scored 25 factors, Bam Adebayo led a giant third-quarter rally to end with 21, and the Miami Heat pulled off one other comeback to beat the Boston Celtics 106-101 and take a 2-0 lead within the Eastern Conference finals Thursday evening.

Duncan Robinson scored 18 factors, Jimmy Butler had 14, Jae Crowder 12 and Tyler Herro 11. The Heat have been down by 17 within the second quarter and trailed by 13 at halftime.

They had been 0-21 in playoff video games when trailing by a minimum of that many at intermission. They’re 1-21 now, and two wins away from their first NBA Finals since 2014.

“We like to make it hard on ourselves,” Butler mentioned. “We like being down double-digits and being the comeback kids.”

Kemba Walker had 23 factors for Boston, which obtained 21 apiece from Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Brown missed a nook 3 that may have tied it with 15 seconds left, and Butler sealed it with two free throws with 7.4 seconds remaining.

Jae Crowder (right) and Goran Dragic celebrate after the Heat's 106-101 Game 2 win over the Celtics.
Jae Crowder (proper) and Goran Dragic rejoice after the Heat’s 106-101 Game 2 win over the Celtics.Getty Images

Game 3 is Saturday. Dragic — taking part in on the third anniversary of his fondest basketball second, main Slovenia to the European Championship — scored 9 factors within the fourth quarter.

The Heat took a 2-0 series lead for the eleventh time in coach Erik Spoelstra’s tenure. They’ve gained all earlier 10 cases.

The Heat obtained in massive bother within the series opener by scoring 18 factors within the first quarter and 16 factors within the third. In Game 2, one other 18-point quarter — the second — despatched Boston into the half up comfortably, 60-47.

Miami outscored Boston 37-17 within the third quarter, with Adebayo — the defensive hero of Game 1 — outshooting and practically outscoring the Celtics by himself. Boston went 4 for 12 from the ground within the quarter, Adebayo went 7 for 8 on his approach to a 15-point interval and the Heat led 84-77 when it was over.

With that, it was Boston’s flip to rally. The Celtics went on a 15-2 run within the fourth, silencing the Heat for practically seven minutes and going up 94-89 on a 3-pointer by Walker with 4:25 left.

That solely set the stage for one more rally: Miami completed the sport on a 17-7 run.

“Team effort,” Butler mentioned.


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