The Miami Heat erased a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit on their way to a 117-114 overtime win over the Boston Celtics to open the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday.
Miami’s Bam Adebayo had a sensational block to deny Jayson Tatum of the game-tying dunk in the final seconds. That was right after Jimmy Butler drove for a three-point play to give the Heat the lead for good.
Bam Adebayo rejects Tatum at the rim @MiamiHEAT take Game 1 in OT— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 16, 2020
(via @NBA) pic.twitter.com/cDlurgkii0
Former Arizona Wildcat Andre Iguodala had three points, a block, a steal, an assist and a rebound in 15 minutes off the bench. His only field goal was a corner 3 that cut Boston’s lead to 36-31 in the second quarter.
Iguodala has spent much of the playoffs in Miami’s closing unit, but hardly played in the fourth quarter and overtime this time, though he was on the court for Boston’s final possession.
Fellow Wildcat Solomon Hill still has yet to make his playoff debut.
The Heat will look to take a 2-0 series lead on Thursday at 4 p.m. MST on ESPN. The winner of this series will play the Lakers or Nuggets in the NBA Finals.
What they’re saying about Arizona’s guys on social media
When you realize this could be Andre Iguodala's 6th straight finals appearance pic.twitter.com/Lui5NVrJ42— RG The Great (@CoreyRG8990) September 16, 2020
I would put Lebron's block on Andre Iguodala 1st, in game 7 of 2016 @nba finals (bigger stage - NBA finals, and game 7) . But hey I get it, Bam's block is awesome https://t.co/Qth4K8tj83— Felix B. Leno (@felixbleno) September 16, 2020
The only 2019 Finals alumni left are Danny Green and Andre Iguodala lol— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) September 16, 2020
It shows you how important it is to have an Iguodala on your team. I know he taught them a lot on defense— AG (@God_Knows15) September 15, 2020
I swear Solomon Hill won the best seat in the house sweepstakes. Congrats to him.— Nick Hurtado (@nah1023) September 16, 2020