The center had 31 points and 10 rebounds for Miami, which blew a 25-point lead in the first half and lost Jimmy Butler with a knee injury, but managed to beat the Boston Celtics 109-103. on Saturday in the third game.
Adebayo also had six assists and four of the Heat’s 19 steals, a franchise postseason record.
“He did his version of Jimmy, who always says, ‘You have to do what you have to do for the game,’” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Tonight we needed the points and he made that offensive contribution from the start. ”.
Boston never came out on top, but it erased almost the entire 62-37 deficit and came within a point (93-92) with 2:40 left in the game thanks to a triple by Jaylen Brown, who he finished with 40 points.
Max Strus answered with a 3-pointer and Adebayo grabbed a rebound from defenseman Al Horford and scored at the buzzer as Miami finished with a six-point lead and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The fourth game is played on Monday in Boston.
“During the previous game, as we all noticed, they beat us up as if we had stolen something,” Adebayo said. “That should wake everyone up. Being crushed like that at home said it all.”
In addition to Butler, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart left with injuries. But those two Celtics players came back.
Kyle Lowry returned from a four-game absence and had 11 points and six assists for the Heat. PJ Tucker — who like Lowry didn’t know he was playing until hours before the game — had 17 points for the Heat.
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Miami takes revenge in the third game