Celtics load up, tie East finals 1-1 with 127-102 pounding...

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So what do the Boston Celtics look like when mostly whole? Like a whole lot of trouble for the Miami Heat.

With Marcus Smart and Al Horford back in their mix after missing Tuesday night’s series-opening loss in these best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals, the Celtics during one first-half stretch outscored the Heat by 40 points in surging to a 127-102 victory Thursday night at FTX Arena.

In suffering their first home loss this postseason after seven such victories, the Heat fell behind by 29 in the first half and never regained their footing.

While it was Jayson Tatum leading the way for the Celtics with 27 points, it also was Smart and Jaylen Brown each scoring 24 for Boston, with Horford providing stability on both ends.

Jimmy Butler, coming off Tuesday’s 41-point performance in the 118-107 Game 1 win, this time led the Heat with 29, sitting out the fourth quarter, with matters decided by then.

While the Celtics got back to their primary rotation, the Heat were without Kyle Lowry for a fourth consecutive game, due to a hamstring strain.

Now with homecourt advantage, the Celtics host the series’ next two games, starting at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at...

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