Jimmy Butler Drops 26 Points as Heat Hold off Jayson Tatum, Celtics for Win

Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler (22) shoots at the basket as Boston Celtics' Evan Fournier (94) tries to block in the second half of a basketball game, Sunday, May 9, 2src21, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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The Miami Heat earned a 130-124 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday in a crucial fight for seeding in the Eastern Conference.

Both teams are wanting to complete inside the leading 6 in the standings to prevent the play-in competition, however the latest win offers the Heat (37-31) a two-game lead over the Celtics (35-33) for the No. 6 seed with 4 video games staying.

This was the very first of two straight games between these squads at TD Garden, and it was Miami that got the win thanks to 26 points from Jimmy Butler

A hot-shooting start assisted the Heat construct a 79-53 halftime benefit on the roadway, and Miami maintained a 21- point edge through 3 quarters. Boston fought back in the fourth, consisting of an early 12 -0 run, to keep it competitive.

The lead decreased to six in the last minutes before a clutch Duncan Robinson three helped seal the win.

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Jayson Tatum scored 29 and Evan Fournier broke in with 30, however the Celtics couldn’t close the gap and get rid of the lack of Jaylen Brown, who missed his third straight video game with an ankle injury.

Notable Performances

Jimmy Butler, SF, MIA: 26 points, 11 helps, 8 rebounds

Bam Adebayo, C, MIA: 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals

Duncan Robinson, SG, MIA: 22 points, 6-of-10 from 3

Jayson Tatum, SF, BOS: 29 points, 6 helps, 2 blocks

Evan Fournier, SF, BOS: 30 points, 8 helps

Kemba Walker, PG, BOS: 18 points, 6 assists

Heat Display Scoring Depth in Offensive Explosion

The Heat have displayed impressive offensive balance throughout the year, which is especially real of late. 6 various players had actually reached 20 points at least as soon as in the last 4 video games going into Sunday, while four more had at least 14 in a game throughout that stretch.

This trend continued against the Celtics.

Miami was on fire in the first half with a historical 79- point showing:

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– second most points scored in a first half by the Heat, ever.
– Ties 2nd most points allowed a first half by the Celtics, ever.
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Trevor Ariza: 17 PTS, 2 3PM
Duncan Robinson: 13 PTS, 3 3PM
Tyler Herro: 12 PTS, 5-6 FGM
Kendrick Nunn: 12 PTS, 2 3PM
Bam Adebayo: 11 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST https://t.co/CynIeviVG6

The team shot 65.1 percent from the field and 11- of-20 from three-point range in the opening 24 minutes.

Perhaps the most astounding part of the hot start was that leading scorer Jimmy Butler took simply one shot from the field in the very first half, while Bam Adebayo had just 2 field-goal attempts.

It was the role gamers who took control of, with Tyler Herro and Trevor Ariza scoring from everywhere:

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Duncan Robinson threatened from the border, hitting 6 threes.

Butler wasn’t exactly invisible, as he filled the stat sheet with 11 helps, 8 rebounds and two takes to go with his normally strong on-ball defense. The All-Star showed in the first half he wants to take a rear seats offensively, although he showed he can take over as required in the 2nd.

Anytime Boston cut the deficit, it was Butler who came through with a big container.

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He likewise hit his first three-pointer in almost a month late in the game when Miami required it. He was the best gamer on the flooring and knew exactly when to choose his spots.

With some aid from the supporting cast, Miami had the ability to hang on for a crucial win.

Evan Fournier Aims To Offer Late Boost for Celtics

The Celtics barely saw Evan Fournier after getting him in a due date trade as a result of health and wellness procedures, but he appears back to full strength at the perfect time.

The previous Orlando Magic forward was an essential part of the Celtics’ resurgence Sunday, scoring 14 of his 30 points in the 3rd quarter. His contributions helped make the game competitive after an initial 26- point deficit.

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Evan Fournier fumed in the 3rd with 9 straight points

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Fournier having his finest video game as a Celtic.

The veteran has actually now scored at least 17 points in 4 straight video games, providing a much-needed boost while Brown nurses his ankle.

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Aaron Nesmith being legally good over the past couple of weeks has been by far the most motivating advancement for the Cs moving forward.

Nesmith is understood for his ability to stretch the flooring and shot 2-of-5 from three-point range against the Heat.

What’s Next?

The Heat and Celtics will run it back in the exact same location on Tuesday at 7: 30 p.m. ET.