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The Heat cool the Celtics

Miami produced a huge collective effort in the wake of Bam Adebayo to win Act III of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday in Boston (109-103).

Deprived along the way of Jimmy Butler, the Heat lead 2-1 in the series.

Plagued by recurrent knee inflammation, Jimmy Butler (8 points) could not play in the second period. Without its leader, who is also its best scorer, Miami suffered enormously but managed to go the distance, after a thunderous start to the match which saw it win the first quarter 39-18.

Florida’s lead peaked at 26 in the second and Bam Adebayo had a lot to do with it, scoring 16 of his 31 points. Inside Miami also managed 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 1 against in a meeting where the Heat showed all its fighting spirit.

Brown yet untenable

Not that Boston is devoid of it, quite the contrary. But the extra soul was on the side of the Heat, which did not lose its means too much, even when Jaylen Brown was untenable in the last quarter: author of 14 points in this period, he finished with 40 units.

Less than three minutes from the end, the Celtics thus reattached to a unit (93-92) and we did not give much of the skin of the Heat. But Max Strus (16 points) responded, also with an award-winning shot, then Adebayo with a buzzer shot from 24”. PJ Tucker (17 points) and Victor Oladipo then put in valuable free throws.

/ATS

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