News ID: 321698
Published: 0904 GMT May 18, 2022

NBA playoffs: Butler Scores 41, Heat take Game 1 of East finals

NBA playoffs: Butler Scores 41, Heat take Game 1 of East finals
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Heat’s Jimmy Butler (22) shoots over Celtics’ Grant Williams during Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals in Miami, FL, US, on May 17, 2022.

Jimmy Butler scored 27 of his 41 points in the second half, and a huge third quarter by the Miami Heat carried them to a 118-107 win over the short-handed Boston Celtics 118-107 in Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night.

Tyler Herro scored 18 and Gabe Vincent added 17 for the Heat, who outscored Boston 39-14 in the third quarter, AP reported.

Butler had 17 alone in the third, outscoring the Celtics by himself over those 12 minutes.

Boston shot 2 for 15 in that third quarter.

Along with the 41 points, the rest of Butler's line: Nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocked shots. Since the NBA started charting all those stat categories, only five other players — Anthony Davis, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Harden (who did it twice) — had all those numbers in a single game. None happened in a playoff game, until now.

Along with the 41 points, the rest of Butler's line: Nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocked shots. Since the NBA started charting all those stat categories, only five other players – Anthony Davis, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Harden (who did it twice) – had all those numbers in a single game. None happened in a playoff game, until now.

Jayson Tatum scored 29 for the Celtics, who were without starters Marcus Smart (foot) and Al Horford (health and safety protocols). Jaylen Brown added 24 for Boston, which got 18 apiece from Robert Williams III and Payton Pritchard.

   
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