How to watch Heat vs. Celtics: Live stream, TV channel, start time for Tuesday's NBA game
Celtics vs. Heat score, results: Jimmy Butler's 41-point performance leads Miami to Game 1 win in Eastern Conference Finals
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The Miami Heat dominated the Boston Celtics in the second half of Game 1 to cruise to a 118-107 win in large part due to Jimmy Butler's 41-point performance. The Celtics looked like the aggressor early in the game, but looked shellshocked in the second half when the Heat began to turn up the pressure. Missing two starters in Marcus Smart and Al Horford certainly played a part, but Boston will have to figure out a way to remain consistent on both ends of the floor in Game 2 so it doesn't get down in an 0-2 series hole.
Down eight at the end of last quarter, the Miami Heat have now snagged the lead. Three quarters in and their offense has really been able to impose its will, dominating the Boston Celtics 93-76 three quarters in.
Miami has been led by small forward Jimmy Butler, who so far has 31 points along with seven boards and four steals. Small forward Jayson Tatum has led the way so far for Boston, as he has 26 points and five assists in addition to six rebounds and four steals.
the Celtics have lost 76% of the time when they were down heading into the fourth quarter this year, so this one seems just about wrapped up
The Miami Heat will take on the Boston Celtics at 8:30 p.m. ET Tuesday at FTX Arena after having had a few days off. Miami is out to keep their nine-game home win streak alive.
The Heat beat the Philadelphia 76ers 99-90 last Thursday. Miami's small forward Jimmy Butler did his thing and had 32 points along with eight boards.
Meanwhile, everything went Boston's way against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday as they made off with a 109-81 win. Power forward Grant Williams (27 points) was the top scorer for Boston.
Barring any buzzer beaters, Miami is expected to win a tight contest. They are currently two-for-two against the spread in their most recent games, a trend bettors might want to take into account.
The wins brought the Heat up to 4-2 and the Celtics to 4-3. A pair of defensive numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: Miami have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 44.70%, which places them fourth in the league. But Boston is even better: they have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 43.40%, which places them first in the league. We'll see if that edge gives Boston a route to victory.
Jimmy Butler led the way for Miami with 41 points, nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks while Tyler Herro scored 18 points off the bench.
The Celtics, who were without starters Al Horford and Marcus Smart, were led by 29 points from Jayson Tatum, who was also forced to commit seven turnovers. Jaylen Brown largely struggled in this one but finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.
After one day of rest, these two teams will be back in action in Game 2 on Thursday, May 19 at 8:30 p.m.
MIAMI (AP) His team was down by eight at halftime, and Miami coach Erik Spoelstra went into the locker room ready to deliver a big speech.
Turns out, one wasn't needed.
Jimmy Butler decided to let his play do the talking.
Butler scored 27 of his 41 points in the second half, and a huge third quarter by the Heat carried them to a 118-107 win over the short-handed Boston Celtics 118-107 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night.
''Jimmy Butler is an elite competitor,'' Spoelstra said. ''There's a lot of guys in this league that are playing basketball. He's competing to win. That's a totally different thing and he does that as well as anybody in this league.''
Tyler Herro scored 18 and Gabe Vincent added 17 for the Heat, who outscored Boston 39-14 in the third quarter. Butler had 17 alone in the third, outscoring the Celtics by himself over those 12 minutes.
Boston shot 2 for 15 in that third quarter.
''We won three quarters other than that, but obviously that one is going to stand out,'' Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. ''We semi-bounced back in the fourth and started to play well again and matched their physicality, but 39-14 on 2-for-15 is tough to overcome.''
Along with the 41 points, the rest of Butler's line: nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocked shots. Since the NBA started charting all those stat categories, only five other players - Anthony Davis, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Harden (who did it twice) - had all those numbers in a single game. None happened in a playoff game, until now.
''I continued to play basketball the right way: Shoot the ball when I'm open, attack, hit the open guy,'' Butler said. ''Honestly, it was a team effort.''
Max Strus scored 11 and Bam Adebayo added 10 for Miami.
Jayson Tatum scored 29 for the Celtics, who were without starters Marcus Smart (foot) and Al Horford (health and safety protocols). Jaylen Brown added 24 for Boston, which got 18 apiece from Robert Williams III and Payton Pritchard.
Game 2 is Thursday.
Boston led by 13 in the first half and took a 62-54 lead into halftime. A 22-2 run was how Miami started the second half, the run punctuated by steals that led to baskets on three consecutive possessions. Strus had one, the next two by Butler pushed the lead out to 76-64, and the Heat were off and running.
''It wasn't anything different that they did,'' Udoka said. ''They just came out and imposed their will.''
The lead reached 96-76 when Herro was fouled on a 3-point try and made all three free throws early in the fourth.
Boston had a run left; a 10-0 spurt cut the deficit in half, and a 3-pointer from Tatum made it a nine-point game - outcome still very much in doubt - with 7:35 left.
But the Heat had a response. PJ Tucker answered Tatum's 3 with one of his own. Brown then connected from deep to get Boston within single digits again, only to have that one answered by a 3 from Strus.
''Our energy shifted,'' Adebayo said. ''That was the biggest key.''
Some of the plans that both sides had for Game 1 were thrown away about 3 1/2 hours before game time, when the Celtics revealed that Smart and Horford wouldn't be playing. Smart's absence was somewhat expected because of a mid-foot sprain he suffered in Game 7 of the East semifinals against Milwaukee on Sunday.
Horford's absence, however, was a surprise.
He entered the league's health and safety protocols Tuesday afternoon, which ruled him out of Game 1 and quite possibly could keep him out for multiple games going forward. Yet even without two starters, Boston had a chance.
''Other than the third quarter, I think we won every other quarter,'' Pritchard said. ''Obviously, we try not to let that happen next time.''
Celtics: Boston's biggest lead was 13 points. The Celtics are now 46-7 this season in games in which it led by at least that many. ... Boston scored 18 points of the first 6 1/2 minutes of the first half, then two points in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half. ... The Celtics trailed for only 16 seconds in the first two quarters. ... Boston has dropped 17 of its last 26 East finals games.
Heat: Former Miami guard Goran Dragic was in attendance. ... This series is the 50th in Heat postseason history. They're now 28-22 in Game 1s. ... Butler's 15th point - a free throw 16 seconds into the second half - gave him 14,000 for his career, including playoffs. He's the 220th NBA player to score that many. ... Miami missed its first seven shots. ... Tucker left in the second quarter to get his right ankle re-taped, then returned for the second half. wt5nwgdf