The Celtics torch early, even a series with a 102-82 blast

BOSTAN – Jason Tatum scored 31 points, and the Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat early, escaping 26-4 with a 102-82 victory, equaling the Eastern Conference final in two games.

Miami missed 15 of the first 16 shots in the second game in a row that ended 12 minutes later. The Heat led 39-18 after the first quarter of Game 3 of this amazing series in which no game was completed.

Game 5 will take place on Wednesday in Miami.

Peyton Pritchard scored 14 points for the Celtics. Derrick White added 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Robert Williams scored 12 points and nine rebounds.

In the second quarter, the Celtics led by 27 points and increased the lead to 32 in the third. Each game in this series played at least 20 points.

Victor Aladzipo led the “Hit” with 23 points. Miami’s top five stars: Jimmy Butler (six points), Kyle Lowry (three points), PJ Tucker (no points), Max Strus (no points) and Bam Adebayo (nine points) – 7 points out of 36. They all served fourth quarter.

And the Celtics stopped Heath without top defender of the year Marcus Smart, who sat with a right ankle sprain that he got in the second half of Game 3.

The Heath did not have Tyler Herr, who suffered a groin injury at the end of Game 3.

Butler was in the starting lineup after missing the second half of Game 3 due to swelling of his right knee. Lowry (left hamstring tension), Concussion (hamstring tension) and Tucker (left knee irritation) checked their injuries before the game before they were allowed to walk.

Williams from Boston returned after missing the game due to pain in a surgically repaired left knee.

Although the Celtics were very defeated, they enjoyed the earliest start of the series. Starting instead of Smart, White scored the first seven points of the game when Boston took an 8-0 lead.

He quickly rose to 18-1, and Miami gave a misfire in the first 14 shots. The Heat didn’t get their first points before Adebayo’s free throw at 7:56. Miami scored their first goal of the game at 3:22, a three-pointer by Aladip, and finished the quarter 3 in 20.

In the second quarter, the Celtics led 29-11 and led 57-33 in the first half.


Heating: shot 33% (30 of 90). … Finished with 64 spare points. … Miami had one point in the first eight minutes, the lowest score among any team in a playoff game in the last quarter of a century, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

The Celtics beat Miami 20-8 in the first quarter. … Several current and former New England Patriots were in the crowd, including Devin and Jason McCorthy, Malcolm Butler and Damien Harris.

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