Boston, Massachussetts.- In the first quarter of the game, the Miami Heat gave a theoretical and practical basketball class to the Boston Celtics. From then on, he had to fight, even with Jimmy Butler out at halftime. But he won the away victory by 109-103 and was again placed as a favorite to advance to the NBA Finals, with a score of 2-1 in favor in the definition of the Eastern Conference.
After leading by 26 points in the first half, Miami saw Boston close within a point of difference with 2:40 to play. Jaylen Brown did all he could for the Celtics on a night Jayson Tatum was well controlled by PJ Tucker, but losses, Boston’s Achilles heel tonight, came back to haunt Ime Udoka’s men at the time. and those from Florida took the victory.
24 losses were committed by Boston, a number with which only three teams have won in the Playoffs in the last 25 years. 13 of them came from Brown or Tatum. And the Miami Heat scored 33 points after those gifted possessions.
Bam Adebayo had a superlative game, with 31 points, 4 steals, 10 rebounds and 6 assists against the Celtics who this time did not present Robert Williams III due to injury. PJ Tucker, in addition to his defensive role, was well present in attack, with 17 points (3-6 triples), Max Strus added 16 points and Kyle Lowry returned to action with 11 points, 6 assists and 4 steals in 29 minutes.
Butler (eight points) played just 20 minutes, all in the first half, before leaving with a sore right knee that doesn’t seem to be serious enough for him to miss Game 4.
As was mentioned, Boston was led by Jaylen Brown with 40 points (14-20 from the field) and Al Horford also had a great game, with 20 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks. While Smart contributed 16 points and 7 assists, despite having injured an ankle during the second half, Tatum was limited to 10 points (he had already happened in the third game against the Milwaukee Bucks in the previous round, with a loss for Boston) in 41 minutes with 3-14 from the field.
The fourth game of the series will once again have the TD Garden in Boston as the stage, next Monday, May 23.