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story.lead_photo.caption Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (right) dunks the ball as Tyler Herro of the Miami Heat defends during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals Saturday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Tatum had 25 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists as the Celtics won 117-106 to narrow their series deficit to 2-1. (AP/Mark J. Terrill)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Getting big leads has been relatively easy for the Boston Celtics in these Eastern Conference finals.

This time, they also found a way to finish the job.

Jaylen Brown scored 26 points, Jayson Tatum added 25 and the Celtics got right back into the East finals with a 117-106 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 3 on Saturday night. Kemba Walker added 21 to help Boston pull to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

"There's some great guys in that locker room," Brown said. "A lot of emotion, a lot of passion, but we're a family and we're here for each other at the end of the day. We exemplified that when we came out together ... we kept our will high and we persevered to win this game."

Marcus Smart scored 20 points for Boston, going 9 for 9 from the foul line in the fourth quarter. The Celtics -- who also got 14 rebounds and eight assists from Tatum -- outscored Miami 60-36 inside the paint, led by as many as 20 and never trailed.

The Celtics, who were angry in their postgame locker room after Game 2, were obviously far happier Saturday after holding Miami to 39% shooting.

"We have great competitive spirit and we showed it tonight," Walker said.

Bam Adebayo had 27 points and 16 rebounds for the Heat, who fell for just the second time in 12 games in these playoffs. Tyler Herro scored 22 points, Jimmy Butler had 17 and Duncan Robinson 13.

"We're not the type of team where we can go through the motions and try and figure out everything in the first half, and then in the third or fourth we just try to turn it on," Adebayo said. "It's not like that. We are not that type of team. We've got to play with detail."

The Heat rallied from 14 points down to win Game 1 in overtime, 17 points down to win Game 2, but never caught up Saturday -- though they put together a late run to make matters interesting.

They got within eight on a three-pointer by Robinson with 1:12 left, setting the tone for the Celtics to scramble at the end. Brown committed a flagrant foul nine seconds later, and Robinson made one of two free throws to cut Boston's lead to 109-102.

Adebayo scored on the ensuing possession to get Miami within five and cap a 24-9 run, but the Heat got no closer.

"This is the conference finals, playing against a really good team," Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra said. "You cannot lack in the areas of toughness, physicality, detail, force. They won all of those battles plus the easy transition ones."

Herro had 16 points in the second quarter alone to keep Miami close, the last of those 16 coming on a three-pointer with 3:22 left before halftime to cut Boston's lead to 51-48.

That's when the Celtics started to run away.

Boston got three consecutive fast-break scores in a span of 48 seconds to push its lead back to 10, and after a late three-pointer by Walker it was 63-50 at the break.

BOSTON (117)

Brown 11-17 3-5 26, Tatum 9-20 5-5 25, Theis 3-6 2-2 8, Smart 5-10 10-10 20, Walker 8-16 1-2 21, Hayward 2-7 1-2 6, Williams 2-4 0-0 5, Kanter 1-4 2-2 4, Wanamaker 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 41-85 26-30 117.

MIAMI (106)

Butler 6-13 5-6 17, Crowder 2-10 4-4 10, Adebayo 10-14 7-9 27, Dragic 2-10 6-7 11, Robinson 4-8 1-2 13, Olynyk 0-6 3-4 3, Iguodala 0-1 0-0 0, Jones Jr. 1-4 0-0 3, Herro 8-18 2-2 22, Nunn 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-85 28-34 106.

Boston..............31322628--117

Miami...............22282432--106

3-Point Goals--Boston 9-26 (Walker 4-8, Tatum 2-7, Brown 1-2, Williams 1-2, Hayward 1-3, Smart 0-2), Miami 12-44 (Robinson 4-8, Herro 4-12, Crowder 2-10, Jones Jr. 1-3, Dragic 1-5, Olynyk 0-4). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--Boston 50 (Tatum 14), Miami 42 (Adebayo 16). Assists--Boston 27 (Tatum 8), Miami 21 (Crowder, Dragic 5). Total Fouls--Boston 29, Miami 24.

Miami Heat's Derrick Jones Jr. (5) and Tyler Herro (14) defend as Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) attempts a shot during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Miami Heat's Derrick Jones Jr. (5) and Tyler Herro (14) defend as Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) attempts a shot during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) celebrates dunking in front of Miami Heat's Kendrick Nunn, rear, during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) celebrates dunking in front of Miami Heat's Kendrick Nunn, rear, during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler, center, is forced to pass the ball from beneath the basket as Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart (36), Gordon Hayward (20) and Kemba Walker, center right, defend during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler, center, is forced to pass the ball from beneath the basket as Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart (36), Gordon Hayward (20) and Kemba Walker, center right, defend during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown (7) looks on as Marcus Smart, center, struggles to maintain control of the ball against Miami Heat's Duncan Robinson, left, and Jimmy Butler (22) during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown (7) looks on as Marcus Smart, center, struggles to maintain control of the ball against Miami Heat's Duncan Robinson, left, and Jimmy Butler (22) during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Referee Eric Lewis (42) looks on as Miami Heat's Jae Crowder (99) smiles after fouling the Boston Celtics on a shot attempt during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Referee Eric Lewis (42) looks on as Miami Heat's Jae Crowder (99) smiles after fouling the Boston Celtics on a shot attempt during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) goes up for a shot between Boston Celtics' Grant Williams (12), Jaylen Brown, bottom, and Kemba Walker (8) during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) goes up for a shot between Boston Celtics' Grant Williams (12), Jaylen Brown, bottom, and Kemba Walker (8) during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward (20) attempts a shot as Miami Heat's Tyler Herro (14) defends during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward (20) attempts a shot as Miami Heat's Tyler Herro (14) defends during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Miami Heat's Jae Crowder gestures after being charged with a foul on a shot attempt by the Boston Celtics during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Miami Heat's Jae Crowder gestures after being charged with a foul on a shot attempt by the Boston Celtics during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Miami Heat's Jae Crowder (99) blocks a shot attempt by Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown (7) as Bam Adebayo (13) looks on during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Miami Heat's Jae Crowder (99) blocks a shot attempt by Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown (7) as Bam Adebayo (13) looks on during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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