The Boston Celtics appeared to have control over the Miami Heat in Game 2, and then the third-quarter happened.
The C's led 60-47 at the half, and then were outscored by 20 points in the third. That ultimately cost them in their Game 2 loss as they were unable to overcome those woes in a back-and-forth fourth quarter.
Kemba Walker bounced back with 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting for Boston. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown made an impact as well with 21 points apiece.
All five Heat starters scored in double figures, including Goran Dragic with a team-high 25 points and Bam Adebayo with 21. Duncan Robinson came out firing from 3-point range early on and finished with 18 points (6-of-12 from 3).
FINAL SCORE: Heat 106, Celtics 101
SERIES: 2-0 Heat
Smart getting hot from 3
Wanamaker from downtown
Kanter making his presence felt
Kemba looking like Kemba
Kemba with the steal and the finish
Tatum with authority
Tip-off for C's-Heat Game 3 is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET. on Saturday night with NBC Sports Boston's Celtics Pregame Live set for 7:30 p.m. and Celtics Postgame Live immediately after the final buzzer.