Heat’s Bam Adebyo (13) is fouled by Celtics’ Grant Williams (L) during Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals in Boston, MA, US, on May 21, 2022.
Boston never led in the game, but erased almost all of the 62-37 deficit and came within one point, 93-92, with 2:40 to play on a three-pointer from Jaylen Brown, who finished with 40 points, AP reported.
Max Strus answered with a three and then Adebayo bounced off defender Al Horford and made a basket at the shot-clock buzzer to give Miami a six-point cushion it held to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Game 4 is tonight in Boston.
In a game that saw Butler and Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart leave with injuries – though both Celtics returned – Kyle Lowry came back from a four-game absence and scored 11 with six assists for the Heat. P.J. Tucker – like Lowry a game-time decision – scored 17 for the Heat.
Horford had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Smart scored 16. Tatum had 10 points on three-for-14 shooting; he also had six turnovers and Brown committed seven of Boston’s 24 turnovers – a 2022 playoff high.