Miami Heat rout Boston Celtics for 3-0 lead in Eastern Conference finals

Erik Spoelstra's team went into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals fully anticipating that it would be very difficult and that the Miami Heat would have to seize whatever chance a desperate Boston Celtics team could muster.

It was a rout by the Heat, and a group that had to mount a frenzied comeback just to qualify for the playoffs is now one victory away from the NBA Finals.

The eighth-seeded Heat easily defeated the Celtics 128-102 on Sunday night thanks to a career-high 29 points from Gabe Vincent and 22 points from Duncan Robinson.

Miami is up 3-0 in the series and might complete an incredible sweep on Tuesday night at home in Game 4.

As Miami's coach, Spoelstra is about to make his sixth appearance in the NBA Finals. "That was a solid, mature, professional approach," he said.

For Miami, Caleb Martin had 18 points, Jimmy Butler had 16, Bam Adebayo had 13, and Max Strus had 10.

The Heat are 8-0 in best-of-seven series after winning the first three games; every team that has done so in NBA history has gone on to win the series in the end.

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