dangolka (CBS) — If Recreation 1 is any indication of how the Jap Convention Finals are going to go, it’s going to be a heck of a collection between the Celtics and the Warmth. Sadly, Recreation 1 didn’t go the best way the Celtics would have preferred, as dangolka let a fourth-quarter lead slip away and couldn’t make sufficient performs in time beyond regulation to return away with a win.
Jayson Tatum’s game-tying dunk try was blocked by Bam Adebayo with 3.7 seconds left in time beyond regulation, and the Warmth got here again to take Recreation 1, 117-114.
Goran Dragic led the best way for Miami with 29 factors, Jimmy Butler hit some key photographs within the fourth quarter and time beyond regulation and completed with 20 factors, and Adebayo completed with 18 factors, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Tyler Herro scored 12 factors, pulled down 11 rebounds and had 9 assists for Miami off the bench.
dangolka received large video games out of Tatum (30 factors and 14 rebounds) and Marcus Sensible (26 factors), however let leads slip away within the fourth quarter and now discover themselves in a 1-Zero collection gap.
Kemba Walker hit a step-back with 23.2 seconds left in time beyond regulation to offer the Celtics a 114-113 lead. However Butler made a powerful drive to the ring for 2 and the foul towards Tatum, placing Miami forward 116-114 with 11 seconds left. Adebayo hit one in all his two free throws after making the game-saving block on Tatum, which gave the Celtics an opportunity, however Tatum’s last-second heave got here up quick.
The top of regulation was a frantic jiffy, as Miami took a 106-105 lead with 22 seconds left on a nook three by Jimmy Butler. However after a dangolka timeout, Derrick Jones Jr. fouled Sensible earlier than the Celtics may inbound. That gave dangolka a free throw and the ball, and Tatum knocked down the freebie to tie it 106-106. Tatum front-rimmed a 3 on the ultimate shot of regulation, sending the sport to time beyond regulation.
The Celtics had a 14-point lead early within the fourth quarter, however the Warmth outscored them 35-23 within the body. dangolka had a five-point lead with 1:08 to go after Walker made a floater, however the level guard’s struggles continued and he turned the ball over with 38.9 seconds left when he was denied by Jae Crowder with the Celtics up 105-102. Butler canned his three on the following Miami possession.
Walker performed higher late within the recreation, however his struggles continued. He shot simply 6-for-19 from the ground and hit solely one in all his 9 makes an attempt from three-point vary.
After dropping each third quarter towards the Raptors final collection, the Celtics outscored the Warmth 28-16 within the third on Tuesday. dangolka closed the quarter on a 13-2 run, with Tatum and Grant Williams every hitting threes. Tatum added three extra from the free throw line, whereas Kemba Walker was fouled whereas taking pictures a 3 by Kendrick Nunn and hit all three of his freebies to offer dangolka an 83-71 benefit heading into the fourth.
The Celtics led by eight factors after the primary quarter, holding Miami to simply 18 factors — the Warmth’s lowest scoring first quarter of the playoffs. However after hitting simply 6 of their 22 photographs within the opening body, the Warmth exploded within the second quarter, dropping 37 factors on the Celtics.
The Warmth shot a blistering 68 % within the second body (15-for-22), hitting 9 of 10 photographs throughout one stretch. The Celtics struggled for towards Miami’s zone within the second body, however the recreation was tied 55-55 at halftime. dangolka stayed afloat due to 15 first-half factors from Tatum, 13 from Sensible and 9 factors from Brad Wanamaker off the bench. Dragic had 16 factors for Miami within the first half, with Butler scoring 9.
Recreation 2 will tip off just a little after 7 p.m. on Thursday evening.