2020 NBA Playoffs Bracket: Heat vs Celtics TV Schedule, How to Watch Online

The Miami Heat are three wins away from their first NBA Finals in six years after taking a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

The Heat, who have lost just one game so far in this playoffs, prevailed 117-114 in overtime, courtesy of 29 points from Goran Dragić, while Jimmy Butler and Jae Crowder combined for 42 points and 10 rebounds.

Bam Adebayo finished with 18 points, nine assists, six rebounds and two blocks, the second of which sealed the game for Miami. With the Heat leading 116-114 and only seconds left to play in overtime, Adebayo blocked Jayson Tatum's attempted slam dunk just as the Celtics All-Star guard looked certain to level the score.

Miami's All-Star centre described the block as the best play in his career, while former Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson went as far as describing it on Twitter as the best defensive play he had ever seen in the playoffs.

"It was a huge play," Butler told ESPN after the game.

"And I would agree with [Magic]. I really would. I think what Bam did to save that game and to make sure that we win it by putting his body on the line, that really is a really great play."

ANOTHER LOOK AT BAM ADEBAYO'S INCREDIBLE GAME-WINNING BLOCK! pic.twitter.com/RCzQ7FdLDR

— NBA (@NBA) September 16, 2020

The Celtics, meanwhile, were left to rue a missed chance after squandering a 14-point lead early in the final period to allow Miami to come back into the contest and force Game 1 into overtime. Boston made just two of their nine attempts from three points in the fourth quarter, shooting a mediocre 41 percent from the field, as star guard Kemba Walker continued a dismal run of form.

Walker finished with 19 points on 6-for-19 shooting and hit just one of nine attempts from beyond the arc, meaning he averages 28.3 percent from the field over the last three games combined.

The Celtics, however, can draw some comfort from recent history as in both of the last two seasons the teams that lost the opening game of the Eastern Conference Finals ended up winning the series.

Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET and here's how to follow the remainder of the Eastern Conference Finals.

TV coverage and live stream

The series is broadcast by ESPN and TNT, with a live stream available on WatchESPN and fuboTV.

Eastern Conference Finals schedule (All times ET)

  • Game 2—Thursday, September 17, 7 p.m.—ESPN
  • Game 3—Saturday, September 19, 8:30 p.m.—TNT
  • Game 4—TBD
  • Game 5*—TBD
  • Game 6*—TBD
  • Game 7*—TBD

*If required

Eastern Conference Finals odds

Miami arrived into the Eastern Conference Finals as 23/20 outsider to win the series, but are now a 27/50 favorite after winning Game 1 on Tuesday night. Boston, meanwhile, started the series as a 37/50 favorite but has drifted to a 3/2 outsider after losing the opening game of the series.

That being said, it is far too early to rule out a Celtics comeback. According to VegasInsider, bookmakers still consider Boston winning in six games the most likely outcome for the series at 21/5, followed by the Celtics in seven games at 22/5. Odds the Heat to win in seven games stand at 49/10, while Boston winning the next straight four games to reach the Eastern Conference Finals and Miami winning the series 4-2 are both 5/1 shots.

Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat drives the ball against Kemba Walker #8 of the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals at The Field House in the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on September 15. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty