Robinson, Adebayo steer Heat past Celtics

Ruben Hill
August 5, 2020

Bam Adebayo and Duncan Robinson came up big, and the Miami Heat claimed a crucial 112-106 triumph over the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association restart on Tuesday at the Walt Disney World Complex in Orlando (Wednesday in Manila).

Miami's zone defense should be an interesting challenge for the Celtics, though with their shooting and athleticism, a superable one so long as the team comes to play and game plans for Jimmy Butler's interminable ability to draw fouls as if out of thin air - an issue plaguing the Celts of late.

Adebayo recorded a double-double (21 points, 12 rebounds), wreaking havoc on both ends of the floor with his versatility opposite Boston bigs, and Dragic scored 20 of Miami's 43 bench points in a 111-106 victory.

Robinson's first three-pointer of the game at the 9:11 mark of the first quarter gave Miami the lead for good. He entered the game ranked fourth in the National Basketball Association in three-point percentage and made another 5-of-11 attempts against Boston, finishing with 21 points to join Adebayo as the leaders of five Heat players in double digits.

Triples by Kemba Walker gave the Celtics some hope, but Andre Iguodala and Robinson made their free throws down the stretch to ice the game for Miami.

Walker was on a minutes limit for Boston's first two games in the bubble (19 minutes against the Milwaukee Bucks and 22 minutes versus the Portland Trail Blazers) so the Celtics still aren't at peak operation. Walker finished with 15 points.

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Heat, which begins Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live followed by tip-off at 6:30 p.m.

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