Just when Jayson Tatum thought he was going to seal an overtime win for the Celtics with a dunk, Bam Adebayo appeared. Thanks to Adebayo’s epic last-second block, The Miami Heat got the win over the Boston Celtics in game one of the Eastern Conference finals.
An Epic Ending for the Heat
The Heat were down 12 points going into the fourth quarter. After a sloppy third quarter, things were looking rough for Miami.
However, They didn’t give up. With 22 seconds remaining in the game, Jimmy Butler hit a three-point shot to put the Heat up 106-105. After a foul, the Celtics made a free throw to tie the game. As time expired, Tatum shot from the three-point line and missed.
With 12 seconds remaining in overtime, Miami was up by two. Boston’s Tatum went for a 29-foot three-point shot and missed. The problem for Tatum was Adebayo. He saved the game for Miami with an unbelievable block.
THE BLOCK pic.twitter.com/xJVQKiC5LJ
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) September 16, 2020
Following the win, Butler praised his team’s performance.
Magic Johnson also chimed in on Twitter praising Adebayo’s block.
Bam Adebayo’s block on Jayson Tatum’s dunk attempt was the best defensive play I’ve seen ever in the playoffs!!!!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) September 16, 2020
- Goran Dragic led the Heat’s second-quarter run.
- Heat rookie Tyler Herro put Miami within two in the fourth quarter.
- Goran Dragic finished with 29 points.
- Jimmy Butler accounted for 20 points in his first conference finals game.
- The Celtics offense was alive.
- Jayson Tatum accounted for 30 points.
- Marcus Smart accounted for 29 points.
Miami’s win over Boston marked an end to the Celtics seven-game streak of Game 1 wins. Butler says he thinks Miami is on the right track.
The two teams will meet for game two Thursday at 7 p.m.