Heat oust Celtics, move to title series against Lakers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — It was precisely one yr in the past Sunday when Jimmy Butler walked into the Miami Warmth observe health club, took a seat on a makeshift stage and mentioned he needed to be a part of the workforce’s subsequent title run.

He’ll have that probability.

The Warmth are going to the NBA Finals — stunning many, maybe, however not themselves. Bam Adebayo scored a season-high 32 factors and grabbed 14 rebounds, Butler scored 22 factors and the Warmth gained the Japanese Convention finals for the sixth time by topping the Boston Celtics 125-113 on Sunday evening.

“This group, greater than something, they only like to compete,” Warmth coach Erik Spoelstra mentioned through the trophy celebration.

The Warmth gained the collection 4-2 — and now, they’ll see LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers for the title. Sport 1 of that collection is Wednesday evening.

Tyler Herro scored 19 factors, Duncan Robinson and Andre Iguodala every had 15 and Goran Dragic added 13 for the Warmth.

Jaylen Brown scored 26 factors, Jayson Tatum had 24 and a career-high 11 assists, and Marcus Good and Kemba Walker every scored 20 factors for Boston — which fell within the East finals for the third time within the final 4 seasons.

Miami was down by six early within the fourth earlier than regaining management. A 6-Zero burst — Herro had the final 5 of these factors, needing solely 31 seconds to take action — tied it at 96. Boston took the lead twice extra, with Adebayo answering each instances, first with a dunk, then a go-ahead three-point play with 6:16 left.

He smacked the ground in celebration.

It’s like they knew what was coming. They by no means trailed once more. Herro had a pair of baskets in a 9-Zero burst that put the Warmth up by 10, Adebayo discovered Butler for a layup and a 116-102 lead everybody on the Warmth bench was on their toes.

The Warmth are the one NBA franchise with six Finals appearances within the final 15 years. They’re searching for their fourth title, and this opportunity didn’t come simply.

The Warmth had a 5-for-5 stretch from 3-point vary within the first quarter, however in any other case struggled once more from past the arc within the first half. They had been 6 for 14 from deep within the first 24 minutes, Boston was 11 for 23 earlier than the break and the Warmth took a 62-60 lead into halftime.

And the margin remained two going into the fourth.

Iguodala’s fourth 3-pointer — in as many makes an attempt — with 4:20 left within the third put the Warmth up eight, earlier than Brown had 5 factors in a 10-2 Boston spurt to tie it. Dragic had a go-ahead layup on Miami’s last shot of the quarter and it was 88-86 Warmth with 12 minutes remaining.

The Celtics scored 10 of the primary 12 factors of the fourth, surviving a scare in there as properly when Brown took an unpleasant fall after scoring in transition. Brown thought Butler took him out on the legs, no foul was known as and — after the Celtics’ medical workers checked out his left knee — Brown stayed in.

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