It was a job reversal for Miami Tuesday evening. Bam Adebayo hit the massive buckets. And Tyler Herro did it with protection.
Adebayo completed his second profession 30-15 sport with an enormous go-ahead jumper with time working down.
And identical to they did within the closing seconds in opposition to the Golden State Warriors final week, Coach Joe Mazzulla selected to not take a day out to arrange a play. This time it backfired, as Herro picked off a Jayson Tatum move.
It is solely the fourth time Boston has misplaced whereas main after three quarters. However Miami held them to only 13 factors within the closing quarter, whereas Adebayo took management on the offensive and defensive finish.
He scored six straight factors mid-quarter to offer the Warmth a two-point lead, and so they by no means trailed once more.
Adebayo and Tatum put up nearly similar traces — Adebayo had 30 factors and 15 rebounds, Tatum had 31 and 14 — in a sport the place every crew was lacking an All-Star guard (Jimmy Butler and Jaylen Brown).
Butler was dominated out with an sickness earlier than the sport, disappointing a Jimmy Butler superfan who flew in from Argentina to see him.
In one other stunning comeback, the child acquired a bunch of items and a go to to the courtroom to fulfill … Gabe Vincent? Look, you’re taking what you may get.
It was a giant win for the Warmth, who held onto sixth place within the East. However with All-Star choices taking place quickly, it was additionally a giant sport for Adebayo, who delivered a convincing case for his spot on the crew.
And in case his dominant fourth quarter wasn’t clear sufficient, he made it specific in his postgame interview.