The Boston Celtics still didn't seem to have fallen from their cloud, two days after defeating the Milwaukee Bucks in an emotional Game 7 of their second-round matchup. Tuesday in Miami, the Heat easily got the better of them, winning 118-107.
Jimmy Butler showed that he would be taken seriously by his rivals, who finished the game with 41 points, nine rebounds and five assists. He was also busy defensively, blocking three opposing shots in addition to making four volleys.
Four other Heat players have reached at least the 10-point mark, including Tyler Herro, who had 18.
For their part, the Celtics were deprived of the services of Marcus Smart and Al Horford for this first game, two important players in their triumph against the Bucks. It was therefore Jayson Tatum (29 points) and Jaylen Brown (24) who tried to raise the attack of theirs, but in vain.
The second game of this series, led 1-0 by the Heat, will take place at the latter's home on Thursday.