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Tatum and Brown combine for 57, Celtics lead Heat 111-104


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The Celtics outscored Miami 42-24 from 3-point range.

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) heads for the basket as Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) defends during the first half of an NBA game Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier) The Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 29 points, Jaylen Brown added 28, and the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat 111-104 on Friday night in a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference Finals.

The Celtics – whose last trip to Miami was a victory in Game 7 of this playoff series – beat Miami 42-24 from 3-point range and improved to 2-0 under interim coach Joe Mazzulla.

Tyler Herro scored 25 points for Miami, including 19 from Jimmy Butler, 18 from Bam Adebayo and 17 from Kyle Lowry.

Miami cut a 14-point deficit to five behind, before back-to-back paint hoops from Tatum and the Celtics held up.

“We have a great team and we always try to understand each other,” Tatum said. “And I love playing against the Heat. We’ve got a bit of history here the last two years, and they push you. They make you a better team. They’ve got a lot of fire, a lot of great players, a great coach .

It’s Miami’s first 0-2 start since 2007-08 – meaning it’s Erik Spoelstra’s first in 15 years as Heat coach. Miami had been one of only two teams without a 0-2 start in the past 15 seasons; now Portland is the only team on that list.

Boston led by a whopping 11 in the first half, took a 59-51 lead into the break and extended the lead to 12 when Brown made back-to-back baskets to open the third quarter.

That’s around when Miami had perhaps its best party night ever. A 20-6 run by the Heat, with Herro and Lowry each scoring six points, gave Miami a 71-69 advantage — its first lead since midway through the first quarter.

But when Adebayo received his fourth foul, then a technical foul, the situation changed. He got out and Boston took off.

The Celtics tied Miami’s 20-6 run with a 20-6 flurry, with Tatum scoring eight of those points, Grant Williams finishing with a pair of 3s and it was 89-77 heading into fourth.

TIPS

Celtics: Boston has now won four straight in Miami, dating back to last season’s Eastern Finals. The Celtics’ longest winning streak in Miami is five, achieved twice (1988-90, 2015-17). … The Celtics had a 27-18 advantage scoring off the bench. … Williams and Derrick White each scored 10 for Boston.

Heat: Spoelstra has now faced 104 different coaches in his NBA career, having faced Mazzulla for the first time. … Victor Oladipo (left knee) missed his second game in a row. He hasn’t made an October appearance in the NBA since 2018.

IN MEMORY

The Heat paid tribute to Celtics great Bill Russell throughout the night, even with staff wearing t-shirts with a big “6” on them – a nod to Russell’s jersey number, which is now on a banner also swinging in the Miami arena. Miami also had a moment of silence before the game for referee Tony Brown, who died Thursday after an 18-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

NEXT

Celtics: Visit Orlando on Saturday night.

Chaleur: Host Toronto Saturday night.



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