If Game 1 was any indication, the first Eastern Conference finals to be devoid of a No. 1 or 2 seed won’t lack for excitement.
The Miami Heat got the better of the Boston Celtics 117-114 in overtime on Tuesday to kick off the historic best-of-seven tilt. The teams will look to bring similar energy as Game 2 tips off Thursday night at the NBA bubble near Orlando.
Game 1 featured a 14-point comeback for the Heat in the fourth quarter before Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo were the heroes in overtime.
Butler completed the game-winning three-point play with 12 seconds remaining, but it was Adebayo’s block to deny Jayson Tatum the chance to tie with 3.7 seconds left that garnered the most attention postgame. It didn’t hurt that Magic Johnson tweeted it was the best defensive play he had ever seen in the playoffs.
“I would agree with (Magic),” said Butler.
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