Celtics

Final: Heat 117, Celtics 114 (OT) — C’s blow 14-point fourth quarter lead on way to Game 1 loss

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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 hit the game-winning bucket in the final minute of overtime over Jayson Tatum with 12 seconds remaining. 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 eventual missed a desperation heave at the buzzer as well after Heat free throws.

Jayson Tatum posted his fifth consecutive double-double with 30 points and 16 rebounds but missed several key shots during crunch time.  Marcus Smart 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

Third Quarter Notes