Adebayo's 31 leads Miami to a 2-1 series lead

John Gallardo
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Sunday, May 22, 2022

Miami regains home court advantage in gutsy game three win

The Miami Heat are back in the driver’s seat, as they defeated the Boston Celtics 109-103 in game three on the road. The Heat bounced back after their lacklustre performance in game two, coming out with a vengeance as they put up 39 points in the first quarter.


Kyle Lowry, who was a game-time decision, returned for the Heat in this one. He put up 11 points and six assists in 29-minutes of action. Bam Adebayo led the way for Miami offensively, as he had his best game of the playoffs. Scoring 31 points to go along with his 10 rebounds and six assists, he was the pacemaker for a Heat team that was missing Jimmy Butler after playing only 19 minutes in game three.


Butler exited the game due to right knee inflammation, but the injury isn’t considered serious as reported by Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. Butler should be available for game four.


Miami forced Boston to turnover the basketball 23 times, 19 of them steals as the Miami defence played passing lanes and reached in to put pressure on the Boston offence. The Heat had a 33-9 advantage in points off turnovers, and that was very much the story and tone of the game.


Jaylen Brown led the way for the Celtics with 40 points, but Boston never led in this game, trailing by as many as 26. Boston did make a close run at the game in the fourth, as they outscored Boston 31-22 in the fourth. They cut the deficit to one off a Brown three-point field goal with 2:40 to go, and that was the closest Boston got. Jayson Tatum struggled offensively, shooting three-for-14 from the field, scoring 10 points. Brown and Tatum combined for 13 of the Celtics 23 turnovers. 


With the Heat leading the series 2-1, the Celtics will look to even things up at two-game a piece on Monday in Boston. Tip-off begins at 8:30pm.