Heat use fourth-quarter rally to steal overtime win: The Celtics led by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter and were up by five in the final minute of regulation, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Heat in a 117-114 overtime loss on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Jimmy Butler (20 points) hit the game-winning bucket in the final minute of overtime over Jayson Tatum with 12 seconds remaining to put Miami up 2. Tatum tried to answer on the other end, but Bam Adebayo blocked him at the rim to take away Boston’s best chance at the tie. Tatum eventually missed a desperation heave at the buzzer as well in Boston’s final chance to tie the game.
Tatum posted his fifth consecutive double-double with 30 points and 16 rebounds, but missed several key shots during crunch time, going 2-of-10 over the final 17 minutes.Marcus Smart (26 points) added six made 3s to help carry Boston’s offense, the third game this postseason in which he’s reached that mark, but was not involved much down the stretch as Boston’s offensive lacked ball movement.Kemba Walker added 19 points but struggled with his shot (6-of-19) for the third straight game.
Goran Dragic had a team-high 29 points for the Heat to lead five players in double figures for Miami.
Celtics defense springs leaks all night: The Celtics are facing the best offensive team they’ve seen in the