Bam Adebayo helps Heat lead the Celtics 2-1.

night adebayo 31 points, 10 rebounds Miami HeatThey lost by 25 points in the first half. Jimmy Butler He has a knee injury, but he can still win. Boston Celtics 109-103 inches game 3 Saturday night Eastern Conference Finals.

Boston never led in the game, but came under one point 93-92 in 2:40 with Jaylen Brown’s three-pointer that cleared almost all 62-37 losses and finished on 40 points.

Max Strus answered 3 and Adebayo bounced defender Al Horford and created a basket on a 24-second clock buzzer to provide a six-point cushion for Miami to take a 2-1 lead in a best-of-seven series.

Game 4 is Monday night in Boston.

In a game where Butler and Boston’s Jason Tatum and Marcus Smart left with injuries (both Celtics returned), Kyle Lowry returned from four games and scored 11 goals with six assists for the Heat. Like Lowry, PJ Tucker scored 17 goals in the Heat.

Horford scored 20 points with 14 rebounds, and Smart scored 16 points. Tatum scored 10 points from three 14-point shots. He also had six turnovers and Brown had seven of Boston’s 24 turnovers. This is the best playoff record for 2022.

After a 25-point loss at home to concede home-court advantage to the Celtics, Heat saw Boston score the last 10 points in the first half after starting a lead 62-37 with less than three minutes left in the second quarter. I watched. On the way back to the game.

Things got worse for Heat when it was announced at halftime that Butler, who had scored 41 points in the series opener, would not be coming back with an inflammation of his right knee.

Miami are still leading 15, 87-72 after three points, making a 17-point game in Adebayo’s basket for a fourth start. However, the Celtics entered the single digits by scoring the next nine for the first time since the first three minutes of the game. The Celtics, behind 93-80, made it a one-point game with 2 minutes and 40 seconds remaining as Brown scored 12 consecutive points with 10 points.

Associated Press reports.

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