Solomon Hill made his postseason first appearance and Andre Iguodala played substantial minutes as the Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics 112-109 Wednesday night to grab a commanding 3-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Heat are a win Saturday away from advancing to the NBA Finals.
Hill and Iguodala briefly shared the court together in the first quarter. Hill’s appearance was a surprise, as he hadn’t stepped onto a court since Aug. 14.
Spoelstra: Solomon, you're getting minutes today.— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) September 24, 2020
Solomon Hill: pic.twitter.com/wiCWWtE7y2
Hill quickly picked up two fouls and ultimately played four minutes, recording significant no stats.
While Hill’s night was ending, Iguodala’s was just beginning. The veteran played 27 minutes after seeing just seven minutes of action the previous two games as he dealt with a score back.
Iguodala was 1-4 from the field; his lone basket was a 3-pointer. He also recorded two rebounds, two assists and three steals as an active cog in Miami’s zone defense.
The star of the night was the other Wildcat who came off the bench for Miami: rookie Tyler Herro of Kentucky. Herro scored 37 points on 14-21 shooting, including five 3-pointers.
Miami held a single-digit lead for most of the game and held on in the closing minutes to earn a commanding series lead.
Jayson Tatum overcame a horrendous first half to lead Boston with 28 points.
The Miami Heat can clinch the series with a Game 5 win. Tip-off is Friday at 5:30 p.m. MST on ESPN.
What they’re saying about Arizona’s guys on social media
Brad Stevens: “They turned us over in the fourth quarter. Those were huge plays.”— Jay King (@ByJayKing) September 24, 2020
Said the Heat are tremendous with their hands when Butler and Iguodala are at the top of the zone.
Solomon Hill looks like he just finished filming Castaway 2. pic.twitter.com/k87rFmPQxC— Robert Wolkenbrod (@WolkenRob) September 24, 2020
Solomon Hill with the loudest 0/0/0/0/0 in NBA history https://t.co/bd5K6MdWqs— Democratic Spocialist (@brassjazz) September 24, 2020
Iguodala three steals were huge. Miami literally wins because of turnovers and only turnovers. Tatum, Brown, and Smart with a combined 14. Gotta be better than that. Still have some hope here because of how close every game has been.— (@JesseDampolo) September 24, 2020
Andre Iguodala is one win away from going to his 6th straight Finals. https://t.co/RRdLweTUma— William (@Willuwu) September 24, 2020