NBA

Underdog Nuggets stun Clippers in game seven, Heat edge Celtics opener


Jokic completed his triple double by the third quarter of Tuesday night's contest in the NBA's quarantine bubble in Florida, finishing with 16 points, 13 assists and 22 rebounds.


In the Eastern Conference finals, Bam Adebayo made a clutch block with 2.5 seconds left in overtime as the Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics 117-114 in the opening game of the series.


Adebayo leapt high to take what appeared to be an easy dunk away from Celtics star Jayson Tatum to preserve the Heat's slim lead, 116-114.


Butler gave the Heat the lead for good, 115-114, with just 12 seconds left in overtime when he willed in a shot in that was delivered while he was falling backwards and guarded closely at the side of the basket.


Miami are seeking to get back to the NBA finals for the first time since a four-year run of consecutive appearances during the James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh era ended in 2014.


Tatum also had 14 rebounds and five assists, Marcus Smart tallied 26 points and Jaylen Brown delivered 17 for the Celtics who are playing for an NBA finals spot for the third time in four years.






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