Dave Hyde: It's Dragic's turn to star as Heat go up 2-0 on Celtics

By Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel on

Published in Basketball

Explain it? Explain a 10-1 record in the playoffs? Explain coming back from Thursday's 17-point deficit? Explain being outscored 15-2 one stretch in the fourth quarter - and the Miami Heat still cruising to a 106-101 win against Boston in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

There's only one way to explain any of that:

It was Goran Dragic's turn this time.

That's it. That's the simple version. All this crazy run, the storyline has been there is no single storyline. It's not just Jimmy Butler scoring 40 points, not Tyler Herro taking un-rookie-like shots, not just Bam Adebayo making a block for the ages, not just Jae Crowder being a steal in the mid-season trade.

It's Dragic on Thursday making all those important shots he's been making in the first half all these playoffs now in the final minutes.

"That's the thing about this team - you never know who's going to have a big night," Adebayo said.


You never even know how it's going to happen. It started for Dragic in a 95-95 game when he drove into Boston's Kemba Walker with the kind of coin-flip call - charge or block? - that went his way. Block, the call came. Dragic made the two free throws to put the Heat up, 97-95, with just over two minutes left.

Then he made a 3-pointer as the shot clock ran down. Five-point lead. Less than two minutes to go.

With 57.1 seconds left, Dragic's jumper made it 104-98 and now you could see what once was the unlikeliest of finish lines for the Heat. Dragic, who finished with a game-high 25 points, pumped his fists running down court after that final jumper.

"It depends how the game is going," Dragic answered about if he decided this team needed him to score at the end. "If you see Jimmy having a mistmatch, you throw the ball to Jimmy. If Tyler, then he gets the ball. If something else, like tonight, the ball comes to me."


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