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Heat vs. Celtics score: Miami finishes off comeback with overtime win against Boston in Game 1

The Miami Heat swept the Indiana Pacers, shocked the Milwaukee Bucks and, in the opening game of the Eastern Conference finals, stormed back against the Boston Celtics. Miami started the series on the wrong end of an 8-0 run and trailed by as many as 13 points in the first quarter, looking thoroughly discombobulated on offense. It hung around, though, and in the end escaped with a 117-114 victory in overtime after a clutch play from Jimmy Butler and an incredible, game-winning block by Bam Adebayo.

Butler attacked the basket against Jayson Tatum and scored over his outstretched arms, earning a foul in the process and giving Miami a two-point lead with 12 seconds left. On the next possession, Tatum drove against Butler and went for a dunk, but Adebayo met him at the rim and swatted the ball away. Tatum then missed a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer.

With 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Butler hit a corner 3 to give the Heat a one-point lead, but, after a timeout, Derrick Jones Jr. committed an ill-advised foul off the ball before the Celtics had inbounded it. In overtime, Kemba Walker hit a stepback jumper with 23.2 seconds left, but then Butler and Adebayo saved the day for Miami.

Butler finished with 20 points on 7-for-14 shooting, but the Heat’s most important offensive player for much of the night was Goran Dragic, who had 29 points on 11-for-19 shooting. Miami outscored Boston 35-35 in the final frame and 11-8 in overtime.
Tatum scored 30 points on 10-for-24 shooting and Marcus Smart added 26 points on 9-for-18 shooting, but Kemba Walker shot 6-for-19 for his points. Miami tried to take Walker out of rhythm with a combination of a 2-3 zone, trapping and switching. This time, it worked well enough.
  
Game 2 is Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.



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