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Jimmy Butler hits game-winner, Bam stuffs Tatum and Heat beats Celtics in Game 1 of ECF

Jimmy Butler did it again.

Bam Adebayo did it even better.

In the final seconds of overtime in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Miami Heat’s two All-Stars lifted the Heat to a 117-114 win against the Boston Celtics. Butler put Miami ahead with an and-one with 12 seconds left, then Adebayo blocked Jayson Tatum on the other end to seal the Heat’s victory in Lake Buena Vista

With 12 seconds left and the Miami trailing by a point, Butler muscled his way to the rim from the top of the key against Tatum and finished through contact for an and-one to put the Heat ahead 115-114. After trailing by 14 points in the fourth quarter, Miami — somehow — was ahead with the clock ticking away.

On the other end, Adebayo sealed the win. Tatum went back at Butler and beat him off the dribble. The All-Star

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Kyle Lowry rallies Raptors to 2OT win, forces Game 7 vs. Celtics

For the first time since Kawhi Leonard’s bouncing miracle last year, the Toronto Raptors will play a Game 7. To get there, it took a game just as wild as that win over the Philadelphia 76ers so many months ago.

Trading haymaker after haymaker in two overtimes, the Raptors outlasted the Boston Celtics in Game 6 for a classic 125-122 win.

Throwing many of the Raptors’ punches was, who else, Kyle Lowry, who led all scorers with 33 points on 12-of-20 shooting (6-of-10 from deep), plus eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and just one turnover. His final points came on a clutch fadeaway to give the Raptors a four-point lead with just a few seconds remaining.

Supporting Lowry in overtime was Norman Powell, whose free throws sealed the game for the Raptors. Powell finished with 23 points.

The Celtics seemed headed for advancement for much of the first half,

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Wild Heat-Bucks ending was eerily similar to this 1974 Celtics playoff finish

Wild Heat-Bucks ending eerily similar to this ’74 Celtics finish originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The fiasco that was Game 2 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat had fans from both teams up in arms.

But somewhere, the late JoJo White is looking down and smiling knowingly.

The Heat defeated the Bucks 116-114 on Wednesday after Jimmy Butler was literally fouled at the buzzer and sank two free throws with no time on the clock.

A team winning a game on a “walk-off” free throw is extremely rare, especially in the postseason.

A club clinching a series on a walk-off free throw? That’s even more rare — and it happened to the 1974 Boston Celtics.

Forsberg: Cardiac Kemba hasn’t missed this postseason

The Celtics were tied with the Buffalo Braves in Game 6 of their second-round playoff series when Braves star Bob McAdoo fouled White in the act

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