Jimmy Butler comes through in clutch as Heat takes Game 1 vs. Celtics in overtime

Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler might be charging more for his coffee.

The Heat escaped with a 117-114 overtime win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Butler made a floater and a free throw to give the Heat a 116-114 cushion with 12 seconds left in overtime. Bam Adebayo then stuffed Celtics star Jayson Tatum at the rim with 2.5 seconds left. 

Butler, in his first season with the Heat following a sign-and-trade deal with Philadelphia, was also instrumental in getting the game to overtime. His 3-pointer with 22 seconds to go gave Miami a one-point lead. Boston’s Tatum hit one free throw following a dead-ball foul to tie the game. His chance for the win at the regulation buzzer was just short, and he missed a tough shot to end overtime that would have tied the game. 

Jimmy Butler shoots in the second half of Game 1 against the Boston Celtics.

Butler, playing in the conference finals for the first time, scored 20 points. Goran Dragic led the Heat with 29 points, while Jae Crowder chipped in 22 and Adebayo had 18. 

Tatum led the Celtics with a game-high 30 points. 

Game 2 is on Thursday.

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