Celtics vs. Heat score: Live NBA playoff updates as Miami loses Jimmy Butler to injury in Game 3 vs. Boston

The Miami Heat took Game 1 against Boston, thanks to a dominant third quarter and the absence of two key Celtics players in the opener. Game 2, though, was a completely different story as the Celtics controlled most of the game en route to an impressive showing on both sides of the court. While the Heat jumped out to an early lead, they lost Jimmy Butler at the halftime break to knee inflammation and the Celtics but still own an 87-72 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Smart showed why his presence was so vital for Boston in Game 2. The Defensive Player of the Year played a near-flawless game and helped the Celtics overpower the Heat on both offense and defense. Jayson Tatum (27 points), Smart (24) and Jaylen Brown (24) led the way for Boston, which proved too much for Miami. Jimmy Butler finished with a game-high 29 points, but couldn’t carry the Heat on his own against the Celtics’ suffocating defense. They’ll try to bounce back and reclaim the series lead, but doing it in Boston will be far from easy. Miami is 2-3 on the road this postseason.

Follow below for all the real-time updates between Boston and Miami in Game 3.

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