Celtics embarrass Heat in Game 4

Jayson Tatum recorded 31 points, eight rebounds and five assists as the Boston Celtics dominated from the start, earning a 102-82 win over the Miami Heat guest on Monday night to reach the Eastern Conference Finals at two games apiece .

Payton Pritchard had 14 points while Derrick White had 13 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals for Boston while starting in place of injured point guard Marcus Smart.

Robert Williams III added 12 points and nine rebounds and Jaylen Brown had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Celtics. Al Horford contributed 13 rebounds and four blocked shots to leave Boston with five points.

Three reserves hit double digits for Miami. Victor Oladipo scored 23 points, Duncan Robinson 14 and Caleb Martin added 12 for the Heat, who missed their first 14 shots while digging up an 18-1 deficit.

Jayson Tatum
Jayson Tatum finished the game with a game-high 31 points.
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Miami star Jimmy Butler had just six points on 3-of-14 shooting and struggled throughout 27-minute action. Butler retired after the first half of Game 3 on Saturday due to an infection in his right knee.

Bam Adebayo only scored nine points for the Heat after scoring 31 points in Game 3.

Game 5 of the best-of-seven series takes place in Miami on Wednesday night.

Smart, who sprained his right ankle in Game 3, was ruled out about 70 minutes before the tip.

The Heat shot 33.3 percent from the field and their starters scored just 18 points on 7-of-36 combined shooting (19.4 percent). Miami, playing no-reserve Tyler Herro (groin), made 14 of 36 tries from 3-point range.

Celtics defense chokes Jimmy Butler
The Celtics’ defense quelled Jimmy Butler and the Heat offense all night.
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Boston connected 39.7 percent of his shots and was 8 of 34 behind the arc. The Celtics possessed a 60-39 rebounding edge.

Boston came out strong, leading by 17 points before Miami scored their first field goal. White scored the first seven points of the game and Tatum contributed nine during the breakout.

The Heat finally converted on shot #15 when Oladipo buried a 3-pointer at 3:22 at halftime.

Al Horford pumps spectators off the Celtics bench.
Al Horford heats up the crowd from the Celtics bench.
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Miami finished the quarter on 3-of-20 shots, trailing 29-11.

The Celtics continued to dominate in the second quarter, increasing the lead to 50-23 after two Williams free throws with 3-55 left. Boston led 57-33 at the break behind 24 points ahead of Tatum, who had just 10 on 3-of-14 shooting in Game 3.

The Celtics increased the lead to 32 when Horford made two free throws to make it 69-37 with a 7:26 in the third quarter. Boston led 76-52 into the final stanza and stayed comfortably ahead throughout the period.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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