Jayson Tatum scored 27 factors, Marcus Sensible and Jaylen Brown every had 24 and the Boston Celtics dominated the primary half to roll previous the Miami Warmth 127-102 on Thursday night time and tie the Japanese Convention finals at a sport apiece.
Sensible was a rebound shy of a triple-double, after including 12 assists and 9 rebounds.
Grant Williams scored 19 factors for Boston, which used a 17-0 run late within the first quarter – fueled by 5 three-pointers within the span of six possessions – to take management. Payton Pritchard and Al Horford every had 10 for the Celtics.
Jimmy Butler had 29 factors in 32 minutes for Miami, which fell to 7-1 at residence in these playoffs. Gabe Vincent and Victor Oladpio every scored 14 factors, and Tyler Herro added 11 for the Warmth.
The Celtics – now 4-0 in these playoffs within the sport instantly following a loss – made 20 pictures from three-point vary to Miami’s 10. Recreation 3 is Saturday in Boston.
And the margin may have been worse: Boston led by as many as 34 factors within the fourth, placing this sport on the cusp of actually good Celtics historical past and actually dangerous Warmth historical past. The Celtics’ document for largest postseason win ever is 40, the Warmth document for largest postseason loss ever is 36, and people numbers have been inside attain earlier than a meaningless Miami run over the ultimate moments.
Boston trailed by 10 within the first quarter, then outscored Miami 60-21 over the following 18 minutes – a 39-point turnaround that wound up resulting in a 70-45 halftime lead.
The 25-point halftime lead was the most important by the Celtics in any street playoff sport, topping a 22-point edge on the break at Chicago in 2009.
Brown had 11 factors within the first quarter, when the Celtics went 9 for 11 from 3-point vary. Tatum then had 17 factors within the second and Boston stored pulling away, on a day the place every little thing went the Celtics’ manner. They discovered earlier within the day that two starters – Horford (virus-related points) and Sensible (mid-foot sprain) – have been cleared to play in Recreation 2 after lacking the collection opener.
“I got to get my rest, got to get my health back, got to watch and see some things and come out and execute in this game,” Sensible stated.
And the excellent news stored coming effectively into the night time.
Butler did all he may to attempt to manufacture a comeback, scoring 16 factors within the third quarter and getting the Warmth inside 17. However a 12-2 run late within the quarter by the Celtics restored a 27-point edge. The lead was 96-71 going into the fourth and the result was by no means remotely near being in query the remainder of the best way.
Miami didn’t even use their starters within the fourth quarter.