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Celtics vs. Heat score, results: Marcus Smart shines in return from injury in Game 2 blowout


The Celtics responded to their Game 1 loss to the Heat in impressive fashion.



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Jayson Tatum scored a team-high 27 points as the Celtics cruised to victory in Game 2 to tie the series up at 1-1. Marcus Smart added 24 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in his return from injury, and Jaylen Brown finished with 24 points.


Jimmy Butler continued his strong play with 29 points in 32 minutes of action, but he didn't receive nearly enough help to keep it close.


The Sporting News tracked all of the action from Game 2 below.


Celtics vs. Heat score

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final

Celtics 35 35 26 31 127

Heat 24 21 26 31 102

Celtics vs. Heat results, highlights from Game 2

Final score: Celtics 127, Heat 102

10:50 p.m. — Marcus Smart exits the game with 24 points (8-22 FG), 12 rebounds, nine assists and three steals. He struggled to knock down shots early but ended up making a tremendous impact on both ends of the court in his return.


10:45 p.m. — A 3-pointer from Al Horford puts the Celtics up by 31 points, their largest lead of the game.


10:43 p.m. — Marcus Smart is feeling it.



End of third quarter: Celtics 96, Heat 71

10:34 p.m. — The Heat had their best quarter yet, but the Celtics responded time and time again to keep this a 25-point game going into the final frame.



Jimmy Butler leads all scorers with 29 points but he hasn't had much help. Jayson Tatum has a team-high 27 points for the Celtics, and Marcus Smart (18), Jaylen Brown (17) and Grant Williams (16) are each in double figures.


10:28 p.m. — Duncan Robinson is checking in for the Heat. He scored 27 points in Miami's Game 1 win over Atlanta in the opening round, but he's since fallen out of the rotation.


10:27 p.m. — Marcus Smart is out here breaking ankles.



MARCUS SMART DROPPED HIM 😳


— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) May 20, 2022

10:23 p.m. — Heat's P.J. Tucker (left knee contusion) will not return to this game, per the broadcast.



10:21 p.m. — Here come the Heat? A 3-pointer from Gabe Vincent and and-one from Jimmy Butler cuts Boston's lead to 17 points with 3:46 remaining in the period.


Jimmy Butler hangs and drains the and-1 bucket, he has 16 points in Q3.#NBAConferenceFinals presented by Google Pixel on ESPN pic.twitter.com/DJp1uudAbI


— NBA (@NBA) May 20, 2022

10:12 p.m. — Update: Boston continues to lead ... by a lot. We're almost halfway through the third period and the Celtics are up 23 points. Jimmy Butler (22 points) is getting his, but everyone else on the Heat has combined to shoot 14-for-38 from the field to this point.


Marcus Smart with the TOUGH finish


— ESPN (@espn) May 20, 2022

End of second quarter: Celtics 70, Heat 45

9:45 p.m. — Well, that was a dominant first half from the Celtics. Led by 20 points from Jayson Tatum, 15 points from Jaylen Brown and 12 points from Grant Williams, they lead by ... 25 going into the break.


9:33 p.m. — Bad news for the Heat: Boston is 32-1 this season when leading by 20 or more points, according to NBA.com's John Schuhmann. The Celtics have won 23 straight such games.


9:29 p.m. — Goodness. A Jayson Tatum dunk puts the Celtics up by 21 points, their largest lead of the game. This is getting out of hand for the Heat.


Celtics vs. Heat score, takeaways: Jayson Tatum, Boston cruise in Game 2 to tie Eastern Conference finals

The Celtics went on a 17-0 run in the first quarter and never looked back

Jack Maloney

By Jack Maloney

May 20, 2022 at 9:18 am ET

The Boston Celtics bounced back in a major way on Thursday night, as they cruised to a dominant 127-102 win over the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics have now stolen home-court advantage and tied the series, 1-1. Game 3 is set for Saturday night back in Boston.


Early on it was all Heat, as they jumped out to a double-digit lead. That turned out to be the high-point of the night for them, however, as the Celtics flipped the game on its head, went on a 17-0 run and had a double-digit lead of their own by the end of the first quarter. They pulled away in the second quarter to take a 25-point lead into the break and the game was never in doubt again. Jayson Tatum led the way with 27 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Jaylen Brown went for 24 points and eight rebounds.


Marcus Smart, meanwhile, returned from a foot injury that kept him out of Game 1 to put up 24 points, nine rebounds, 12 assists and three steals. The Celtics had another great shooting performance, and went 20 of 40 from 3-point land.


Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 29 points and six rebounds, but he did not get much help. Gabe Vincent, who finished with 14 points, was the only other starter in double figures. The Heat also lost PJ Tucker to a knee contusion, and his status moving forward is unclear.


Here are some key takeaways from the game:


Smart shows out in return from foot injury

The Celtics were without both Marcus Smart (foot strain) and Al Horford (health and safety protocols) in Game 1, and they were sorely missed on both ends of the floor. In particular, the Celtics could have used their leadership and poise when the Heat went on their huge run in the third quarter on Tuesday night.


Both players were back in action in Game 2, however, and played big roles in the Celtics' win. Horford was a perfect 4 of 4 from the field, and finished with 10 points, three rebounds and three assists. Smart, though, was the real difference maker. In one of his best performances this postseason, he went for 21 points, nine rebounds, 12 assists and three steals.


His defense, as always, was phenomenal, and his return made things much more difficult for the Heat.


"As always he sets the tone," Celtics head coach Ime Udoka said. "Defensive Player of the Year for a reason. Ability to switch and switch onto bigger bodies. Just another good defender to throw at (Jimmy) Butler and (Bam) Adebayo and some of those guys, and not have to worry about them try to pick on certain matchups. He brings the physicality every night. Kinda gets everybody else in line."


On the other end, his playmaking was on point, as he made the right read time and again and took a lot of pressure off of Jayson Tatum. Knocking down a team-high five 3-pointers certainly didn't hurt, and as an exclamation point he made Max Strus fall with a little dribbling maneuver.


How to watch Heat vs. Celtics: NBA live stream info, TV channel, time, game odds

How to watch Heat vs. Celtics basketball game

By Scout Staff

May 19, 2022 at 10:40 pm ET

2 min read

Through 3 Quarters

The Boston Celtics need a win to get to even, but right now it could go either way. Three quarters in and their offense has really been able to impose its will, dominating the Miami Heat 96-73 three quarters in.


Boston has been riding high on the performance of small forward Jayson Tatum, who has 27 points and five assists in addition to five rebounds. One thing to keep an eye out for is Jaylen Brown's foul situation as he currently sits at four.


Miami has been led by small forward Jimmy Butler, who so far has 29 points along with seven boards.


The Heat have lost 78% of their games in which they were down going into the fourth quarter. Barring a miraculous turnaround, this matchup will end the same way.


Who's Playing

Boston @ Miami


Current Records: Boston 0-1; Miami 1-0


What to Know

The Miami Heat's homestand continues as they prepare to take on the Boston Celtics at 8:30 p.m. ET May 19 at FTX Arena. The Heat are out to keep their ten-game home win streak alive.


Miami is hoping for another victory. They strolled past Boston with points to spare on Tuesday, taking the game 118-107. Small forward Jimmy Butler was a one-man wrecking crew for Miami, picking up 41 points and five assists along with nine boards and three blocks.


Miami is the favorite in this one, with an expected 3.5-point margin of victory. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread as they are currently on a three-game streak of ATS wins.


Miami's win brought them up to 1-0 while the Celtics' defeat pulled them down to a reciprocal 0-1. Two defensive stats to keep an eye on: The Heat have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 44.70%, which places them fourth in the league. But Boston is even better: they have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 43.40%, which places them first in the league. We'll see if that edge gives Boston a route to victory.


How To Watch

When: Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: FTX Arena -- Miami, Florida

TV: ESPN

Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)

Follow: CBS Sports App

Ticket Cost: $142.00

Odds

The Heat are a 3.5-point favorite against the Celtics, according to the latest NBA odds.


The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Heat as a 4-point favorite.


Over/Under: -110


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Series History

Boston have won 18 out of their last 30 games against Miami.


May 17, 2022 - Miami 118 vs. Boston 107

Mar 30, 2022 - Miami 106 vs. Boston 98

Jan 31, 2022 - Boston 122 vs. Miami 92

Nov 04, 2021 - Boston 95 vs. Miami 78

May 11, 2021 - Miami 129 vs. Boston 121

May 09, 2021 - Miami 130 vs. Boston 124

Jan 06, 2021 - Boston 107 vs. Miami 105

Sep 27, 2020 - Miami 125 vs. Boston 113

Sep 25, 2020 - Boston 121 vs. Miami 108

Sep 23, 2020 - Miami 112 vs. Boston 109

Sep 19, 2020 - Boston 117 vs. Miami 106

Sep 17, 2020 - Miami 106 vs. Boston 101

Sep 15, 2020 - Miami 117 vs. Boston 114

Aug 04, 2020 - Miami 112 vs. Boston 106

Jan 28, 2020 - Boston 109 vs. Miami 101

Dec 04, 2019 - Boston 112 vs. Miami 93

Apr 03, 2019 - Boston 112 vs. Miami 102

Apr 01, 2019 - Boston 110 vs. Miami 105

Jan 21, 2019 - Boston 107 vs. Miami 99

Jan 10, 2019 - Miami 115 vs. Boston 99

Dec 20, 2017 - Miami 90 vs. Boston 89

Nov 22, 2017 - Miami 104 vs. Boston 98

Oct 28, 2017 - Boston 96 vs. Miami 90

Mar 26, 2017 - Boston 112 vs. Miami 108

Dec 30, 2016 - Boston 117 vs. Miami 114

Dec 18, 2016 - Boston 105 vs. Miami 95

Nov 28, 2016 - Boston 112 vs. Miami 104

Apr 13, 2016 - Boston 98 vs. Miami 88

Feb 27, 2016 - Boston 101 vs. Miami 89

Nov 30, 2015 - Boston 105 vs. Miami 95


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