Heat holds out in Boston, clinch post-season berth with 106-98 win; playoff tickets on sale April 6 – Boston Herald

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Monday night’s win over the Sacramento Kings brought relief as it broke a string of four losses.

But Wednesday night’s Miami Heat 108-96 win over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden spawned something much bigger: the hopes of potentially big things in the postseason.

In a game that was fraught with playoff intensity to the last seconds, the Heat made a stand in the fourth quarter to cement their place at the top of the Eastern Conference and secure a playoff spot.

The post-season berth was a given, based on what is now a 49-28 record for Erik Spoelstra’s team. But the win brought the Heat one step closer to becoming the No. 1 overall seed in the East, on top of the conference with five games left in the regular season.

The Heat found a way, even with big nights from Boston’s leading men, with Jaylen Brown scoring 28 and Jayson Tatum 23.

Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 24 points, Kyle Lowry with 23 points and 10 assists, and Bam Adebayo with 17 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.

The Heat’s three-game trip doesn’t get much easier, with Saturday’s game against the Chicago Bulls and Sunday’s game against the Toronto Raptors.

Five degrees of heat from Wednesday’s game:

1. Closing time: A wild third quarter with a Heat run of 10-0 followed by a Celtics run of 16-0 ended with Boston leading 83-79.

The Heat later gained a four point lead mid-fourth quarter over a Butler jumper, with a Butler transition dunk with 1:43 left, giving the Heat a 102-96 lead.

A Tatum layup then brought the Celtics in 102-98, with a 24 second Heat violation that followed with 1:15 left to play.

Then, with 33.6 seconds left and the Heat up four, Tatum was called up to charge Max Strus, with Boston challenging the decision. The call stood, with the Celtics losing their last timeout.

With the Heat on 13 of 20 of the line to that leg, Adebayo then stepped to the line with 27.1 seconds left and only made the first of two free throws, the Heat held their ground from there.

2. Playoff Tickets: The Heat has announced that individual match tickets for their first-round playoff series against a yet-to-be-determined opponent will go on sale on April 6 at 10 a.m., with the team going White Hot-themed for the first time since 2018. playoffs.

The Heat opens the playoffs at the FTX Arena on April 16 or 17.

Once the tickets go on sale, there is a limit of eight tickets per household, per game.

The first sale will be for the Heat’s first three home playoffs in the best-of-seven series.

All Heat playoff games are mobile only.

Fill it in: Adebayo was at his most versatile when he flirted with a triple-double and went out in the third period with 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Adebayo then had to return at 7:43 to play after Dewayne Dedmon made a mistake in his 15 minutes.

His defense, more than his numbers, proved decisive in the end, at the heart of several of Heat’s late defense positions.

4. Lowry For Three: Lowry continued his late season gains with his three-point productivity, and this is the sixth time in the last seven games that he has converted at least three, having failed to do so in his previous five appearances.

He closed 6 of 12 from beyond the arc.

Lowry’s seventh 3-point attempt put him past Joe Johnson for 14th on the NBA all-time list.

5. Again the same: Spoelstra stuck with the revamped rotation revealed in Monday’s win over the Sacramento Kings, with Strus starting in place of Duncan Robinson.

That left Robinson playing in reserve again, with Victor Oladipo and Markieff Morris being shaken out of the mix and their comebacks put on hold again.

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