NBA: Miami Heat take a 2-0 series lead against the Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals 

Heat have taken a 2-0 series against the Celtics as they return to Miami for games 4 and 5

(Basketball news) The Miami Heat have taken an unprecedented 2-0 series against the Boston Celtics as they beat them 111-105. For the Heat, Butler scored 27 points, hitting back-to-back buckets clutch shots which sealed the game as Caleb Martin, who came off the bench to score 25 points while Bam Adebayo almost had a triple double as he had 22 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists. For the Celtics, Jayson Tatum had 34 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists but the all star again struggled in the fourth with 3 turnovers while Jaylen Brown scored 16 points on 7-for-23 shooting.

Butler, who has been exceptional since the playoffs started, also provided eight rebounds, six assists. He had a huge scuffle with Boston’s Grant Williams and started jawing with him: Butler stared down Williams, with both players drawing technical fouls for a double head-butt. Which sparked “Jimmy Buckets” and scored nine points in all during a 23-9 run that turned a nine-point deficit into a 105-100 lead. The Miami Heat have a chance to sweep the series as they return home for games 3 and 4.

“I knew that was going to be good for us,” said Caleb Martin “We’ll take mad Jimmy at any time. You could kind of see it in his eyes he was ready to go after that.”

“He’s going to have to make every single tough shot the rest of the series,” Williams said. “And I’m not going to turn and look otherwise because I respect him as an (expletive) player.”

“It’s tough. It’s a challenge. But there’s no point being up here sad and (stuff),” Tatum said. “They came in and won two games. They played well; you give them credit. But we’re not dead or anything. We’ve got a great opportunity. I still have the utmost confidence. Everybody has the utmost confidence. We’ve just got to get ready for Game 3.”

“We’ve got some dogs, and I love it. I love every bit of it,” Butler said on the postgame TV broadcast. “Guys never quit. We never give up. We love playing with one another. We’ve got so much faith and trust in one another.”

“Some healthy competition. I ain’t going to lie to you. Healthy competition. And I love it. I’m always here to compete. I like to talk, at times,” Butler said. “As long as we get the win, I’m good with it.”

“Yes it did,” Butler said. “But that’s just competition at its finest. He hit a big shot and started talking to me. But I like that. It’s just a competition. It pushes that will to win. It makes me smile. … I just don’t know if I was the best person to talk to.”

“I love that gnarly version of Jimmy,” Spoelstra said. “But you get that regardless. I think now people are just paying more attention. … Jimmy is just a real competitor.”

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