Jimmy Butler hits game-winner and Bam stuffs Tatum to seal Heat's Game 1 win vs. Celtics

By David Wilson, Miami Herald on

Published in Basketball

Jimmy Butler did it again.

With 12 seconds left and the Miami Heat trailing by a single point, Butler muscled his way to the rim against Jayson Tatum and finished through contact for an and-one to put the Heat ahead. After trailing by 14 points in the fourth quarter, Miami - somehow - pulled out a 116-114 overtime win against the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

On the other end, the Heat's other All-Star sealed the victory. Tatum went back at Butler and beat him off the dribble. The All-Star forward tried flush home a game-tying dunk and Bam Adebayo met him at the rim, stuffing his shot and grabbing the rebound. The Celtics fouled Adebayo, who made 1 of 2 free throws, then Tatum missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Miami was down 13 points in the first quarter, 14 points in the fourth and still heads into Game 2 of the Conference Finals with a 1-0 series lead on Boston in Lake Buena Vista.

Butler finished with 20 points, five assists and two steals, and also made the Heat's biggest shot in regulation to force overtime.


With 22 seconds left, the All-Star wing wound up with the ball in the right corner. He pump faked once and then fired with confidence. Butler, a non-shooter for most of the regular season, drilled a go-ahead three through chaos to put Miami ahead 106-105 for its first lead in the final period.

The Celtics took a timeout to advance the ball and the Heat gifted Boston overtime. Forward Derrick Jones Jr. ran over Boston guard Marcus Smart before the Celtics inbounded the ball, giving Boston a free throw and possession. Tatum hit the free throw to tie the game at 106-106, then missed a 27-foot three-pointer at the buzzer to send Game 1 to overtime.

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