Celtics roll past Heat 127-102, tie Eastern Conference finals
Jayson Tatum scored 27 points, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown each scored 24 and the Boston Celtics dominated the first half to roll past the Miami Heat 127-102 on Thursday night and tie the Eastern Conference finals at a game apiece.
Smart was a rebound shy of a triple-double, after adding 12 assists and nine rebounds.
Boston used a 17-0 run in the first quarter to take control.
Jimmy Butler had 29 points in 32 minutes for Miami.
The Heat fell to 7-1 at home in these playoffs.
The Celtics made 20 shots from 3-point range to Miami's 10.
Game 3 is Saturday in Boston.
Associated Press 2022