Jimmy Butler scored 24 points, and Kyle Lowry added 23 points as the Miami Heat beat host Boston Celtics 106-98 on Wednesday night.
Left Adebayo added 17 points and rebounded a team-high 12 as Miami beat Boston 27-15 in the fourth quarter.
The Miami (49-28) Milwaukee box was ahead in its narrow one-game at the Eastern Conference. The Boston (47-30) and Philadelphia 76ers have both beaten Miami in two games.
The Celtics, who still won the season series 2-1 against Miami, received 28 points, 10 rebounds and six assists from Jelen Brown. Fellow Jason Tatum added 23 points and six assists.
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– NBA (BANBA) March 31, 2022
Also for Boston, Al Harford had a game-high 15 rebound and Marcus Smart had a team-high eight assists. The Smart was released with 10.8 seconds left in the game.
Boston finished the first quarter with a 29-25 lead using 9-0. That run was interrupted by Miami’s Tyler Hero, who hit a 3-pointer in the quarter market. The Celtics had an 8-0 advantage on turnover points and they got 11 points from Brown.
Miami finished the second quarter 9-1, taking a 53-52 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Miami extended its lead to 69-58 with 7:51 remaining. But Boston responded with a 16-0 run and finished the quarter with an 83-79 advantage.
Miami trailed 90-85 with 7:43 left in the fourth, but the hit went to 1:43 left to take control of the game 17-6.
After the Tatum layup, Boston was 102-98 behind. Then, with 33.6 seconds left, Miami’s Max Strauss made an offensive foul on Tatum. Boston challenged, but the call came after a video review.
“It felt like a play-off game,” Strauss said after the game.
For the game, Miami shot 48.1 percent, including -34 for 13 in 3-pointers.
Boston Paints beat Miami 48-34, but the Celtics shot just 41.2 percent off the floor, including 11 for 37 in 3-pointers.
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