Jimmy Butler scores 27, Miami beats Boston 111-105 to take 2-0 lead

— Jimmy Butler went forehead-to-forehead with the Boston Celtics,
and the Warmth are heading again to Miami with a chance to
advance to the NBA Finals.

scored 27 factors, hitting back-to-back buckets to tie the sport and
give Miami the lead, and the eighth-seeded Warmth left Boston with a
111-105 victory Friday evening and a 2-0 lead within the Jap
Convention finals.

Butler additionally
supplied eight rebounds, six assists and an emotional spark after
Boston’s Grant Williams began jawing with him: Butler stared down
Williams, with each gamers drawing technical fouls for the double

Then “Jimmy
Buckets” scored and scored some extra — 9 factors in all throughout a
23-9 run that turned a nine-point deficit right into a 105-100 lead.

“I knew
that was going to be good for us,” stated Caleb Martin, who got here off
the bench to rating 25 factors. “We’ll take mad Jimmy at any time.
You possibly can sort of see it in his eyes he was prepared to go after

Bam Adebayo
had 22 factors, 17 rebounds and 9 assists for Miami, which
returns dwelling with an opportunity to sweep and change into simply the second No.
8 seed to attain the NBA Finals.

Recreation 3 is
Sunday evening.

“He’s going
to have to make each single powerful shot the remainder of the sequence,”
Williams stated. “And I’m not going to flip and look in any other case
as a result of I respect him as an (expletive) participant.”

Tatum had 34 factors, 13 rebounds and eight assists for Boston. However
the Celtics star went 0 for 3 with two turnovers within the fourth
quarter, when Boston blew an 89-77 lead en route to a second dwelling
loss in three nights.

ending 13 video games forward of the Warmth within the regular-season — and
then watching top-seeded Milwaukee fall to Miami within the first spherical
— the Celtics have came upon what appeared to be a transparent path to
their second straight NBA Finals.

powerful. It’s a problem. However there’s no level being up right here unhappy and
(stuff),” Tatum stated. “They got here in and gained two video games. They performed
effectively; you give them credit score. However we’re not lifeless or something. We’ve
bought an excellent alternative. I nonetheless have the utmost confidence.
Everyone has the utmost confidence. We’ve simply bought to prepare
for Recreation 3.”

Brown scored 16 factors on 7-for-23 capturing; he went 1 for five with a
turnover within the last quarter, when Miami outscored Boston

“We’ve bought
some canine, and I adore it. I really like each little bit of it,” Butler stated on
the postgame TV broadcast. “Guys by no means stop. We by no means quit. We
love enjoying with each other. We’ve bought a lot religion and belief in
each other.”

The Celtics
led by 11 within the third quarter and made it a dozen early within the
fourth. Williams made a 3-pointer to make it 96-87 and was speaking
to Butler on the way in which again down the court docket. Butler scored on the
different finish and was fouled by Williams; the 2 gamers leaned into
one another — drawing double technicals — earlier than Butler hit the
ensuing free throw.

wholesome competitors. I ain’t going to lie to you. Wholesome
competitors. And I adore it. I’m all the time right here to compete. I like to
speak, at occasions,” Butler stated. “So long as we get the win, I’m good
with it.”

Requested if
Boston “poked the bear” by getting Butler indignant, Brown stated, “Subsequent
query.” However Butler stated there was little doubt that the try to
get him off his recreation really fired him up.

“Sure it
did,” Butler stated. “However that’s simply competitors at its most interesting. He
hit a giant shot and began speaking to me. However I like that. It’s
simply competitors. It pushes that may to win. It makes me smile.
… I simply don’t know if I used to be one of the best individual to speak to.”

After Tatum
missed from lengthy distance — considered one of three missed 3s within the fourth
quarter — Butler drove to the basket to make it a four-point Boston
lead. Miami trailed 98-96 when Butler was referred to as for an offensive
foul, kicking Marcus Good after touchdown on a missed 3-pointer.

Warmth coach
Erik Spoelstra challenged, however misplaced.


He made a
17-footer to tie it 100-all, after which a brief fadeaway to give
Miami the lead. After Max Strus made considered one of two free throws,
Adebayo scored on a putback dunk to make it 105-100 with lower than
a minute to play.

“I really like
that gnarly model of Jimmy,” Spoelstra stated. “However you get that
regardless. I feel now individuals are simply paying extra consideration. …
Jimmy is only a actual competitor.”

Boston used
a 21-2 run to flip an eight-point, first-quarter deficit into an
11-point lead.


Brown was 1
for 7 within the first quarter, when Tatum scored 12. Derrick White,
who made a single 3-pointer, was the one participant apart from Tatum
who scored greater than 2 factors within the first. … Adebayo and Butler
every grabbed 5 rebounds within the first quarter. … Lowry and Grant
Williams did a little bit shoving after Williams fouled Adebayo with
9 minutes left within the second quarter, with no repercussions.

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