Jimmy Butler returned to the starting line-up and looked like he never even left, finishing with an impressive double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds on 12/21 shooting. He hit multiple clutch shots towards the end of regulation and overtime that helped fuel the Heat to this much-needed win.
Final/OT: Heat 120, Celtics 116— Hot Hot Hoops (@hothothoops) December 3, 2022
Miami splits the two in Boston.
WHAT. A. WIN!!!
And it came with the huge help from their superstar, Jimmy Butler.
Biggest win of the year for the Miami Heat.— Five Reasons Sports (@5ReasonsSports) December 3, 2022
There’s no close second.
The game was pretty close throughout the whole first half, but Boston was gaining momentum in the 3rd quarter. They went on a run and started to get a big lead, until Miami responded with a run of their own.
Bam and Tyler truly have a heck of a connection.— Naveen Ganglani (@naveenganglani) December 3, 2022
They collaborate on 5 quick points here for the Heat, who now leads 96-91.
Miami is on a 13-0 spurt. They turned what was a 13-point deficit last quarter to a lead here in the 4th. pic.twitter.com/4s7l25o1Rk
The defense tightened up and looked sharp down the stretch, and most importantly Jayson Tatum was held in check. After dropping nearly 50 points the last game, he struggled to shoot the ball tonight finishing with just 14 points and an underwhelming 5/18 from the field. That’s the Jimmy Butler effect, who took the responsibility of guarding Tatum.
Not only did Butler have a great game, but he received the help from the other main guys as well, something that was missing in the Celtics series last playoffs. Bam Adebayo continued his aggressive play offensively, finishing with a team high 28 points and 7 rebounds on 10/18 shooting. Adebayo is averaging 30.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 60.8% fg, and an incredible 96% from the free throw line over the last 4 games. It is safe to say the All-Star big man has arrived.
Bam Adebayo is averaging 30 points a night over the last 4 games, while also being one of the league’s best defenders— Brady Hawk (@BradyHawk305) December 3, 2022
The help didn’t end there though, as Tyler Herro contributed a 26 point, 5 rebound, and 3 assist outing while nailing a season high six 3 pointers.
MIAMI. HEAT. BASKETBALL. pic.twitter.com/ulM5l9UZiY— Naveen Ganglani (@naveenganglani) December 3, 2022
Kyle Lowry, who has been reliable and solid in every sort of way, added 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. It was awesome to see Miami’s big names all have huge nights as a collective group. They were efficient and impressive on both sides of the ball.
The role players also played a part in this win. Caleb Martin pitched in 10 points and provided nice defense. Haywood Highsmith, although didn’t score much but had a clutch floater, proved to be the versatile defender that he has been once again. Highsmith even saw minutes when it counted the most, late in the 4th quarter and OT.
Haywood Highsmith has done incredible things defensively tonight— Brady Hawk (@BradyHawk305) December 3, 2022
This is a big time win for the confidence from this group, to finally have a close to fully healthy roster available and take down the best in the NBA. The Celtics look stacked this year, but to show a resilient effort like this was beautiful to watch. Butler hit multiple clutch shots down the stretch, including some very difficult jumpers with defense draped all over him.
He had a big one with a few seconds left to go in the 4th which gave Miami a 3 point lead only to see Jaylen Brown force overtime shortly after a hail mary 3 pointer that banked in.
It was a tough pill to swallow, knowing that the game could’ve and should’ve been over. However, the Heat never took their foot off the gas in overtime. Maybe Jimmy’s clutch bucket in the 4th didn’t lead to the win right after, but he replicated that with yet another clutch jumper with Al late in OT.
It was a heroic effort from Butler, but it’s not anything Heat Nation isn’t used to seeing. Butler is him, he is Miami’s JIMVP, leader, and go-to bucket getter. He is that guy.
Jimmy really made a video telling Boston he’s on his way and he’s thirsty.— (@HeatvsHaters) December 3, 2022
Then proceeds to score tough, clutch baskets & helped Miami hand Boston their 2nd home loss. This guy.
Miami will now travel to Memphis to conclude the 4 game road trip on Monday.