Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics 106-101 in game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals with the help of Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo.
Bam Adebayo played hero game 1 with his critical block in overtime, added 10 rebounds as the Miami Heat improved to 2-0 in the best of seven series, and 10-1 in the playoffs.
Miami Heat six players scored more points including Duncan Robinson, who had 18 points on six three-pointers in the game.
“We just never gave up,” said Jimmy Butler, who had 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting.
On the other side, Kemba Walker managed to put up 23 points to lead his side Boston Celtics, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown scored 21 apiece.
At the end of the game, reporters noted screaming in the Celtic changing room, with the team leader Marcus Smart said to be among the most vocal. The team leader later declined to speak with the press.
“Guys are emotional after a hard game, hard loss,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said.
The Heat outscored the Celtics 37-17 in the third quarter to take and 84-77 lead into the final stage.
Boston came back strong with a 10-2 run in the middle of the fourth, knotting the score at 89 on a Brown basket with 5:37 remaining.
The Celtics led 94-89 after a three-pointer by Walker with 4:25 to go. But the Heat countered with a 13-1 run to get control over the game, Jae Crowder’s lay-up with 1:26 on the clock giving Miami a 102-95 edge.
The Heat rode a 15-2 spurt to a 72-71 lead with 4:17 to go. Adebayo had 11 points during the run, giving Miami their first lead since the beginning of the game. The Heat finished on a 10-1 gap.
“Bam really set the tone in that second half,” Heat Erik Spoelstra said.
“That just took some of the pressure off our offense. Bam was really assertive in the pick-and-roll, and that kind of loosened up some things for us.”
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