Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler could charge more for his coffee.
The Heat escaped with a 117-114 overtime win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Butler did a float and free throw to give the Heat a 116-114 cushion with 12 seconds left in overtime. Bam Adebayo then stuffed Celtics star Jayson Tatum to the rim with 2.5 seconds left.
Butler, in his first season with the Heat following a signing-and-trade deal with Philadelphia, was also instrumental in extending the game. His 3 points with 22 seconds left gave Miami a one point lead. Boston’s Tatum hit a free throw after a dead ball foul to tie the game. His chance to win at the regulation buzzer was just short and he missed a tough shot to end overtime that would have tied the game.
Butler, who was making the conference final for the first time, scored 20 points. Goran Dragic led the Heat with 29 points, while Jae Crowder scored 22 and Adebayo 18.
Tatum led the Celtics with a record 30 points.
The second game will take place on Thursday.