NBA: Boston Celtics beat Miami Heat to level Eastern Conference finals
Marcus Smart returned from injury to refuel the Boston Celtics’ 1-1 draw with the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Smart had 24 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds in an overall appearance in the Celtics’ 127-102 victory over Florida.
Jason Taitum led the Celtics with 27 points, while Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 29.
Smart, who missed the first game with a leg injury, said:
“I’m excited,” Smart said after the game. “I feel bad because I can not be with my teammates and fight with them.
We played against a very good team in the Miami Heat. I need to rest, I need to be fit, I need to see something, see something and get out there and run this race. ”
“I feel sad because I can not play with my teammates against them.
Butler scored 41 points in the first game of the series, but it dwarfed Smart’s five goals on Thursday.
“My job is to make it difficult for him,” said the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. We know he’s going to take some shots. If so, he will have to work with them. ”
“It must hurt,” Butler said. “They tried to embarrass us, embarrassed us.”
“We have to understand that. It can not be wrong.
Game 3 of the top seven series will take place in Boston on Saturday (1:30 GMT Sunday).
The Golden State Warriors lead the Dallas Mavericks 1-0 in the Western Conference Finals and host Game 2 of the series on Friday (2:00 GMT on Saturday).