Jason Tatum recorded 31 points, eight rebounds and five assists as the Boston Celtics dominated from the start, tying two games in the Eastern Conference Finals with a 102-82 victory over the visiting Miami Heat on Monday night.
Payton Pritchard scored 14 points while Derrick White started with 13 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steels in place of injured point guard Marcus Smart for Boston.
Robert Williams III added 12 points and nine rebounds, while Jillian Brown had 12 points and seven rebounds. Al Harford contributed 13 rebounds and four blocked shots to take five points for Boston.
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Three reserves for Miami have reached double digits. Victor Oladipo scored 23 points, Duncan Robinson added 14 and Caleb Martin added 12 for the hit, who missed their first 14 shots while digging an 18-1 deficit.
Miami star Jimmy Butler had just six points from 3 of 14 and he struggled during the 27-minute action. Butler passed away after the first half of Game 3 on Saturday due to inflammation of his right knee.
Left Adebayo scored just nine points for the hit after 31 in Game 3.
The best 5 games of the seven series are in Miami on Wednesday night.
Smart, who sprained his right ankle in Game 3, was dropped about 70 minutes before the tip.
The hits shot 33.3 percent from the field and their starters scored just 18 points in the 36-of-36 combined shooting (19.4 percent). Miami, which played without reserve Tyler Hero (groin), made 14 attempts out of 36 from the 3-point range.
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Boston added 39.7 percent of his shots and had 8 of 34 from behind the arc. The Celtics own a 60-39 rebounding edge.
Boston was strong and led by 17 before Miami scored its first home goal. White scored the first seven points of the game and Tatum contributed nine at the time of the explosion.
In the end the 15th shot was converted into a hit when Oladipo buried a 3-pointer with 3:22 left in the period.
Miami finished the quarter with a shootout in 3 of 20 and trailed 29-11.
The Celtics dominated the second quarter and extended the lead to 50-23 with two free throws to Williams’ 3:55 left. Boston led 57-33 at the break, 24 points behind Tatum, who had outscored 10 of 3 out of 14 in Game 3.
With 7:26 remaining in the third quarter, Harford made 69-37 with two free throws to extend the Celtics lead to 32. Boston entered the final with a lead of 76-52 and was comfortable ahead throughout the entire period.
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