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Butler strong down stretch, Heat hold off Celtics 130-124

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Duncan Robinson added 22 points and Bam Adebayo finished with 20 for Miami, which increased its lead over Boston to two games for sixth place in the standings. Jayson Tatum added 29 points and Kemba Walker finished with 18.

Boston struggled offensively without All-Star Jaylen Brown, who missed his third straight game with a sprained right ankle. Have now allowed 70 or more points in a half three times over their last five games. Tatum’s teammates combined to shoot just 7 of 17 from the field and 1 for 8 from 3.

It set the tone for a half in which several of Boston’s empty offensive possessions turned into 14 fast break points for Miami.

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