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Jimmy Butler scored 41 points (17 alone in the third), nine rebounds, five assists, four steals, and three blocked shots while his Miami Heat beat the Marcus Smart and Al Horford-less Boston Celtics 118-107 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night. Jayson Tatum scored 29 points and Jaylen Brown added 24 for Boston. Game 2 is set for Thursday.

Following a big victory over the Boston Celtics, the top-seeded Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler shared his excitement about playing with his team: “I think it’s a blessing to play basketball at the highest level … I enjoy going to battle with the guys that I got against Boston Celtics for another 3 wins.”