);
Miami Heat

Takeaways: Bam Adebayo leads balanced Miami Heat offence to victory over Boston Celtics

Just over 24 hours after the Miami Heat battled against the defending champions till the final horn on Tuesday, they were suiting up once again. This time against another competitive Eastern Conference playoff team in the Boston Celtics.

Playing back-to-backs might be easier in the bubble than in the normal circumstances but what certainly made this one tougher, was taking the court without their All-Star in Jimmy Butler. That, however, didn't stop them from registering a hard-fought victory.

Defeating the Celtics 112-106, the Heat now trails Boston by just 2.5 games for the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

Here are the biggest talking points from this contest between two of the four best teams in the East:

Balanced Heat output

Without Butler, the Heat needed to score by committee and so they did. Five players finished in double figures, led by 21 points apiece from the young duo of Bam Adebayo and Duncan Robinson.

Kelly Olynyk was the other starter who contributed across the board, finishing with 15 points, eight assists, six rebounds, and two steals in 32 minutes. Gordon Dragic, in 28 minutes on court, scored 20 of the team's 43 bench points.

The Heat, who led by as many as 16 late in the second quarter, were holding a slim lead in the closing minutes of the game.

That's when Robinson knocked down key clutch jumpers, scoring nine of the team's last 10 points and outscoring the C's single-handedly 9-8 in the final 3:20 minutes of the game.

All key Celtics but Tatum struggle

It was definitely the haircut. For a second straight game, Jayson Tatum had his shot falling, but battling foul trouble, he couldn't catch fire.

He finished with a team-high 23 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field, the only Celtic to shoot efficiently from the field.

Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown combined for 33 points on 14-of-36 shooting from the field. Marcus Smart, fouling out after 16 minutes, only managed three points.

Goran Dragic update

In the closing seconds of the game, Goran Dragic tweaked his right ankle looking to avoid catching the foul. In pain, he returned to the locker room to get it checked out.

Postgame, the X-rays returned negative, but there was no word on whether he would be available for the Heat's next game against the Bucks a couple of days later.

The Slovenian is an essential cog in the Heat engine. The team is 11-3 when he scores 20 or more. In this contest, Dragic scored seven of his 20 in the fourth quarter.

Kemba watch

Celtics point guard Kemba walker continued his slow return from a knee injury, playing another game on a minutes restriction. Today he played 27 minutes, getting his first fourth-quarter minutes in Orlando.

He's looked good, driving to the hole and on his long-range jumpers. In the three seeding games so far, he's averaging 15.0 points on 58.3% shooting from the field in just 22.6 minutes.

On precautionary grounds, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens announced that Walker would not be available for the team's contest against the Nets on the second night of a back-to-back.

The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA or its clubs.

More from NBA.com

#LeBron #Malone
LeBron and Malone's mutual respect runs deep
Benyam Kidane
smart-dragic-ftr.jpg
The adjustment that brought Celtics back in ECF
Kyle Irving
anthony-davis-nikola-jokic-nbae-gettyimages
Can Nuggets spark another series comeback?
Gilbert McGregor
nba
Non-bubble teams set to begin group workouts
Official Release
#Lakers
Davis' buzzer-beater adds to iconic Lakers list
Gilbert McGregor
celtics-heat-ftr.jpg
What to watch for in Celtics-Heat Game 4
Kyle Irving
More News