Adebayo & Robinson take Heat past Celtics without injuring Jimmy Butler
The Miami Heat secured another win in the Orlando bubble and defeated Boston Celtics 112-106 2-1 on Tuesday night since the NBA restarted in July. The Heat was without its leader Jimmy Butler, but made a concerted effort to beat Brad Stevens’ team after a disappointment Defeat against the Toronto Raptors on Monday.
Butler, who was sitting outside with pain in his right ankle, was replaced by Kelly Olynyk on the grid when Jae Crowder kept his place to keep Meyers Leonard on the bench.
The heat was a bit slow on the scoreboard, as was the Celtics, but they dominated things with 55 percent shooting in the opening quarter. Kemba Walker was largely kept calm during the first half and only got his first basket when the game fell below the 5-minute mark in the second quarter, which ended Miami by 12 points.
A 13: 1 run brought the Celtics to three in the middle of the third round and they eventually followed by one point, but Miami recovered with its own 13: 3 run and went eight points clear in the fourth Walker half a shot the buzzer to get Boston back in striking distance.
Marcus Smart fouled 3:46 in the third and picked up his sixth foul in just 16 minutes. Jayson Tatum took his fifth in the neighborhood with just over a minute’s lead.
Miami maintained pressure in the final quarter, but the Celtics managed to narrow the lead to three, 14 minutes before Walker ended. Andre Iguodala sank one of two off the line and Duncan Robinson would snap the offensive rebound before he was fouled. The sniper hit both free throws to increase the heat by six and three seconds remained on the watch.
Robinson scored 21 points that night, going 5/11 out of three, while Bam Adebayo had a double-double, also scored 21 points and added 12 rebounds.
On the negative side, Goran Dragic limped off the field in the last few seconds after appearing to have injured his ankle on the back of a huge 20-point game from the Miami bench.
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