Heat rally to stun Celtics in Game 2 for 2-0 lead in Eastern Conference finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Miami Heat started hot in Game 2, then turned cold and looked like they might get run out of the gym by the Boston Celtics.

It was similar to Game 1 when Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the Celtics "were kicking our (expletive)."

Miami overcame a 17-point deficit, walloped Boston in the third quarter and closed out the fourth for a 106-101 victory on Thursday. And now the Celtics are in trouble, down 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Heat outscored the Celtics 37-17 in the third quarter when Bam Adebayo took over, scoring 15 of his 21 points, and then rallied from 94-89 deficit in the final four minutes.

Jimmy Butler talks about the @MiamiHEAT’s mentality late in games after another big comeback has them up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals. pic.twitter.com/wbUktNfRoY

Miami guard Goran Dragic’s 3-pointer with 1:42 left in the fourth quarter put the Heat ahead 100-95. A turnover by Boston’s Marcus Smart led to a Jae Crowder layup and a Miami 102-95 lead with 1:26 left.

Dragic finished with 25 points, and Duncan Robinson added 18, all on 3-pointers. Adebayo also had 10 rebounds and four assists, and Jimmy Butler had 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals.

Bam Adebayo (13), Jae Crowder (99) and the Heat are in control of the East finals with a 2-0 lead. (Photo: Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports)

Miami started the game making five of its first six 3-pointers but then made two its next 15 as the Celtics took control with 60-43 lead.

But at halftime, the Heat refocused their offense and went to Adebayo on pick-and-rolls and lobs at the rim, and the Celtics missed a chance to even the series.

Turnovers were a problem for the Celtics — 19 of them led to 26 Heat points.

Kemba Walker emerged from his scoring slump with 23 points and Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum each scored 21.

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