Boston (USA), May 11 (EFE) .- Guard Tyler Herro scored 24 points and the Miami Heat secured their third consecutive win and a berth in the Eastern Conference playoffs after beating 121-129 at home. the Boston Celtics.
Miami (38-31) tied with the Atlanta Hawks for fifth in the Eastern Conference. The emerging Heat won for the 10th time in 13 games. They have three games left in the regular season.
Center Bam Adebayo and guard Duncan Robinson each scored 22 points, and point guard Kendrick Nunn, who scored 18 and Slovenian Goran Dragic, who reached 17 points, also supported the Heat’s balanced attack.
Miami star forward Jimmy Butler was 13 before missing the second half with an eye injury.
Point guard Kemba Walker led the Celtics in their final game in their Boston TD Garden kingpin with 36 points.
All-Star power forward Jayson Tatum scored 33 and French forward Evan Fournier had another 20 goals, which did not prevent the Celtics from losing their seventh in their last 10 games.
The Celtics (35-34), who have already secured a place in the play-in tournament, suffered the third loss in a row, and are three games behind Miami and Atlanta, but lost the tiebreaker against both teams.
The Boston team has three games left to play and their goal will be to secure the best mark for the play-in tournament with seventh place.
It was the Celtics’ first game since they announced Monday that All-Star guard-forward Jaylen Brown would miss the rest of the season to undergo surgery on his left wrist for a torn tendon.
Following a 124-130 win over the Celtics on Sunday, the Heat showed the scoring balance, even without Butler, that led them to the Eastern Conference title over Boston last season.
Both teams hardened defensively in the third quarter, and it got more physical, with Boston guard Marcus Smart briefly speaking to Robinson after the pair hit the ground hard when Smart was called for a foul.
Robinson scored eight of his 13 points in the third quarter during a 17-4 streak that brought Miami’s lead to 77-93. The Heat led by 14 entering the fourth quarter.
Dragic’s 3-pointer gave the Heat an 84-105 lead with 9:02 left, which brought in some cascading boos from the fans that took 25 percent of the TD Garden capacity.
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