(Photo by Jared Weiss)
Boston Celtics 101, Miami Heat 96
There was a time, only a season ago, where a Celtics-Heat matchup commanded the attention of all NBA fans.
Tonight wasn’t quite like that, but it still meant a lot to the Boston Celtics.
The C’s took advantage of a LeBron-less Heat squad, hit 13-of-28 3-pointers, and downed Miami 101-96 at the TD Garden on Wednesday night.
The Celtics hit 13-of-28 3-point attempts.
Avery Bradley led Boston with 23 points, shooting 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. Rajon Rondo contributed with nine points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds. It is the eighth career game for the Celtics captain with 15 assists and 10 rebounds, which leads all active NBA players.
Miami came out red-hot, shooting 56.5 percent from the floor in the first half. Boston, however, made nine three’s during the half to stay in it.
After trailing 59-53 at half, the Celtics outscored Miami by eight points in the third quarter to erase the deficit. Boston went on a 9-1 run over the first 2:11 of the second half before Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was forced to call a timeout.
Miami would bounce back, however, and tie things up at 94 with only 2:31 left in the game.
Jeff Green then sunk a deep 3-pointer, and Rondo made two right-handed floaters in the final two minutes to put the defending champs away.
Brandon Bass added 18 points for the green, going 6 for 6 in the second half of play.
The Heat were led by 17 points from Dwayne Wade, and 16 from Chris Anderson.