Credit: AFP-Scanpix
Credit AFP-Scanpix

Jayson Tatum recorded 31 points, eight rebounds and five assists as the Boston Celtics dominated from the outset while notching a 102-82 (29-11, 28-22, 19-19, 26-30) victory over the visiting Miami Heat on Monday night to tie the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece.

Player of the Game
Jayson  Tatum
EFF
31
Jayson Tatum
Points 31
Accuracy 8-16
Rebounds 8
Assists 5

Payton Pritchard scored 14 points while Derrick White excelled with 13 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and three steals for Boston while starting in place of injured point guard Marcus Smart.

Robert Williams III added 12 points and nine rebounds and Jaylen Brown had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Celtics. Al Horford contributed 13 rebounds and four blocked shots to go with five points for Boston.

Three reserves reached double digits for Miami. Victor Oladipo scored 23 points, Duncan Robinson tallied 14 and Caleb Martin added 12 for the Heat, who missed their first 14 shots while digging an 18-1 deficit.

Miami star Jimmy Butler had just six points on 3-of-14 shooting and struggled during 27 minutes of action. Butler departed after the first half of Game 3 on Saturday due to right knee inflammation.

Bam Adebayo scored just nine points for the Heat after putting up 31 in Game 3.

Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night in Miami.

Smart, who sprained his right ankle in Game 3, was ruled out approximately 70 minutes before tipoff.

The Heat shot 33.3 percent from the field and their starters scored just 18 points on combined 7-of-36 shooting (19.4 percent). Miami, which played without reserve Tyler Herro (groin), made 14 of 36 attempts from 3-point range.

Boston connected on 39.7 percent of its shots and was 8 of 34 from behind the arc. The Celtics owned a 60-39 rebounding edge.

Boston came out strong and led by 17 before Miami made its first field goal. White scored the game's first seven points and Tatum contributed nine during the burst.

3-pointers this season

36%
13,4
Points made: 13,4
Accuracy: 35,8%
Place in standings: 8
Record max: 25
Record min: 2
Most made 3FGs: Jayson Tatum

The Heat finally converted on shot No. 15 when Oladipo buried a 3-pointer with 3:22 left in the period.

Miami finished the quarter with 3-of-20 shooting and trailed 29-11.

The Celtics continued to dominate in the second quarter and increased the gap to 50-23 on two free throws by Williams with 3:55 left. Boston led 57-33 at the break behind 24 points from Tatum, who tallied just 10 on 3-of-14 shooting in Game 3.

The Celtics increased the lead to 32 when Horford made two free throws to make it 69-37 with 7:26 left in the third quarter. Boston led 76-52 entering the final stanza and remained comfortably ahead throughout the period.

Celtics: Jayson Tatum 31 (7/9 2PT, 1/7 3PT, 14/16 FT, 8 REB, 5 AST, 2 BLK), Payton Pritchard 14 (3/6 3PT), Derrick White 13 (1/8 3PT, 8 REB, 6 AST, 3 STL), Jaylen Brown 12 (4/14 2PT, 1/6 3PT, 7 REB), Robert Williams 12 (4/5 2PT, 9 REB, 2 BLK).

Heat: Victor Oladipo 23 (3/9 2PT, 4/7 3PT, 5/8 FT, 6 AST), Duncan Robinson 14 (4/8 3PT), Caleb Martin 12 (2/5 3PT, 6 REB).

Jayson Tatum's performance

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Boston Celtics
Miami Heat
40%
31/78
Field goals
33%
30/90
69
Rebounds
50
21
Assists
22
4
Steals
4
52%
23/44
2-pointers
30%
16/54
11
Blocks
2

Best players

Jayson  Tatum
31 PTS
8/16 FG
14/16 FT
Victor  Oladipo
23 PTS
7/16 FG
5/8 FT
Al  Horford
13 REB
11 DREB
2 OREB
Jimmy  Butler
7 REB
4 DREB
3 OREB
Derrick  White
6 As
3 TO
41 MIN
Gabe  Vincent
7 As
0 TO
27 MIN
Jayson  Tatum
31 EFF
78% 2P%
14% 3P%
Victor  Oladipo
17 EFF
33% 2P%
57% 3P%