As per reports, The third quarter was the turning point in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals when Miami Heat blew out the Boston Celtics Miami turned an eight-point deficit at halftime into a 17-point lead by the conclusion of the third quarter en route to a 118-107 victory thanks to Jimmy Butler scoring 27 of his 41 points after the break and Miami’s defense shutting down Boston.
Prior to the start of the series, Al Horford was ruled out due to health and safety standards, and Marcus Smart was ruled out due to a right mid-foot sprain. When the game was almost gone, their defense altered the tides by blocking 12 shots and forcing 16 turnovers (turned into 19 points).
Robert Williams III, the team’s starting power forward, went down with six minutes left for the Celtics. He made his return from a four-game absence in the conference semifinals to lead the defense in Boston’s 18-9 first-quarter lead in a rematch with Miami Heat. In the first quarter, Heat Sixth Man of the Year Andre Herro scored seven points and dished out three assists to hold off Boston’s early onslaught and keep the score at 28-25.
Seven points from Butler and Bam Adebayo gave the Heat their first lead since the opening quarter when they had a 16-second advantage. After Boston shot 59 per cent from the field in the first half, Butler ignited a smothering defensive effort. He scored four of his eleven points in the third quarter of a Miami Heat victory that was already 22-2 at the time.
On three Herro free throws in the fourth quarter, the Heat’s lead grew to 96-76. Butler and the Heat were able to respond to every Celtics rally, and the game ended 114-107 in the last two minutes. Pritchard’s block and last-minute layup earned him the fifth 40-point game of his postseason career and the third this season.