Adebayo leads Heat comeback against Celtics, Horford rests, Duarte 11

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    Bam Adebayo scored 1-0. 30 points to lead the Heat to victory over the Celtics.

Center Bam Adebayo led the game. This led to the Heat's fourth-quarter comeback to beat the Boston Celtics 98-95, an invaluable win for the Miami team that played the game. without star Jimmy Butler.

Miami was rocked by Butler's injury withdrawal shortly before kickoff in Florida, where they were facing the Eastern Conference leaders and most bookie favorites for the championship crown. This year's NBA score.

But Adebayo stepped up with a 30-point performance, and Miami sent in a 30-point performance. He lifted Boston to a second straight loss after Monday's loss to Orlando.

Adebayo's loot included He made a crucial contribution down the stretch as Miami overcame The Celtics fell behind by 10 points with just over eight minutes remaining to close out a hard-fought victory.

The Celtics looked poised for a road win that would raise the game. morale was raised as they opened up an 87-77 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

But Haywood Highsmith's back-to-back 3-pointers brought Miami within four points.

Adebayo then handed over He hit a hook shot and dunk in quick succession to make it 87-87 and then scored 1-2. He dropped the go-ahead basket to give Miami the distance they wouldn't lose to clinch the victory.

"Everyone has to take more responsibility, everyone has more on their plate." ;, Adebayo said later.

"This team is ready. built for it. We've had guys in and out of the rotation, injured or not. Just having that will to win, that's all I can ask of my teammates.” Adebayo.

Adebayo's performance was the kind of display that could put him in contention for the All-Star Game come the NBA's midseason break.

However, the Miami's imposing center detracted from the game. He added importance to speculation that he could earn a second All-Star Game call, after his only appearance in 2020.

"I will leave Let the chips fall where they fall, “said Mr. Adebayo to the transmission of TNT. "I am here for you. playing, enjoying this environment, enjoying my team.

"All-Star Game? I would love to be in it, but it depends on the coaches. But they have seen my work so far" the center.

Miami's other top scoring contributions Tuesday came from Highsmith, with 15 points off the bench, Max Strus (13 points) and veteran Victor Oladipo (12).

Boston's scoring was led by He scored for Jayson Tatum with 31 points, while Derrick White added 31 points. 23 points.

The Celtics welcomed Robert Williams back from an injury, but were without defensive stalwart Marcus Smart, Al Horford and Malcolm Brogdon.

Miami got better to 27-22 with the win and is sixth in the Eastern Conference.

Jokic returns in style
In another game on Tuesday, the Serbian Nikola Jokic returned to the game. Jokic came back from a two-game injury absence to lead the Denver Nuggets to a thrilling 99-98 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. He hit a jump shot with 16.9 seconds remaining to give Denver a one-point lead (and the win) after a Pelicans reaction in the fourth quarter.

Jokic totaled a "triple-double" He had 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.

Meanwhile, at Madison Square Garden, a 36-point performance by Julius Randle helped the team win. He led the New York Knicks to a 105-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Donovan Mitchell and Jarrett Allen each scored 24 points for the Cavs, but the Knicks pulled off a win that keeps them strong in the league. Playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, one win behind the Heat.

Pacers 116, Bulls 110

INDIANÁPOLIS (AP) — Myles Turner scored the second. 26 points, the same as Bennedict Mathurin, who contributed 26 points. the go-ahead basket with 29.1 seconds to go as the Indiana Pacers rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 116-110 on Tuesday night.

Indiana ended its worst skid of the season with seven straight losses to stay ahead of Chicago, which is 10th in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers played without injured point guard Tyrese Haliburton and without his replacement Andre Nembhard, who is out of action. sick.

T.J. McConnell totaled He added 20 points and 10 assists for the Pacers, who have won 11 games this season while trailing by double digits.

Chris Duarte was in the starting five and finished in the second half. with 11 points, nine rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes.

DeMar DeRozan scored the second. 33 points to lead the Bulls and Nikola Vucevic added 33 points. 20 units, eight rebounds and five assists. Chicago's three-game winning streak ended, so it was. like Vucevic's 11-game double-double run.

Knicks 105, Cavaliers 103

NEW YORK (AP) — Julius Randle accumulated a lot of money. He had 36 points and 13 rebounds, plus tied the game with his eighth 3-pointer with 2:07 to go as the New York Knicks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-103 on Tuesday.

Donovan Mitchell signed the contract. 24 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in his return after missing three games with a strained left groin. But the Knicks blocked his last three shots and it took him a while. He scrambled to his feet after falling to the ground in an attempt to salvage the Cavaliers' last possession.

RJ Barrett added 16 points and Jalen Brunson added another goal. 14 for the Knicks, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

Jarrett Allen chipped in. 24 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland, while Darius Garland added 12 rebounds. 22 points and six assists.

Wizards 127, Mavericks 126

DALLAS (AP) — Kyle Kuzma scored the second. Scored 30 points, including two tiebreaking free throws with 4.2 seconds left, as the Washington Wizards beat the Dallas Mavericks 127-126 on Tuesday.

Luka Doncic counted the ball. 41 points and 15 rebounds for the Mavs. The Slovenian was still wearing the jersey that ripped his neck. After missing a free throw that would have given Dallas the lead with 12.5 seconds to play, he made a foul. a foul on Kuzma, who slipped down the wing.

Suns 128, Charlotte 97 

PHOENIX (AP) — Cam Johnson scored the second. 24 points, Dario Saric added. 19 and the Phoenix Suns won their fourth straight game with a 128-97 rout of the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night.

Suns guard Chris Paul added a slam dunk. 14 goals and 11 assists. Mikal Bridges recounted with 18 points and Jock Landale 15.

Charlotte couldn't recover from a lousy start. The Hornets only made 6 of 23 field goals (26.3%) in the first period. Terry Rozier scored the second. 19 units, but he signed the same number. He made just 7 of 21 shots from the field. Mason Plumlee provided input. 17.

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