Heat storm back against short-handed Celtics for 98-95 victory in Butler's absence

Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun Sentinel on

Published in Basketball

MIAMI — No, not a complete game, something that was shuffled out of the equation considering the missing bodies on both sides.

But an emphatic win, punctuated by the power play of Bam Adebayo.

Which, at this stage of the season, is what the Miami Heat need most.

And so, with Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Al Horford out for the Boston Celtics, the Heat did what was required Tuesday night at Miami-Dade Arena, pushing to a 98-95 victory and again moving a season-best five games above .500.

With Jimmy Butler unable to go due to a knee issue, the Heat rode Adebayo, who finished with 30 points and 15 rebounds, supported by 15 points from Haywood Highsmith, 13 from Max Strus and 12 from Victor Oladipo, on a night the Heat got 4-of-19 shooting from Tyler Herro and 1-of-7 shooting from Kyle Lowry.

Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 31 points.


Five Degrees of Heat from Tuesday’s game:

1. Closing time: The Heat led 32-30 at the end of the first period and then trailed 58-50 at halftime, after shooting 6 of 24 from the field and 1 of 8 on 3-pointers in the second quarter, with Boston closing the half on an 11-0 run.

The Celtics went up 14 in the third period before the Heat closed within 82-75 entering the fourth.

The Heat then went down 10 midway through the fourth quarter, before tying it 87-87 on an Adebayo dunk with 5:44 remaining.


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