Boston's front line really carried the team in today's 85-82 win over the Heat. Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins scored 19 and 15 points respectively, each shooting 50% from the field. Glen Davis also came off the bench to score 16 on 6-11 shooting.

Paul Pierce couldn't hit the broad side of a barn (0-10 FG, 0-5 3PT), but played solid defense. Rajon Rondo recorded the quietest triple-double in NBA history. The former Kentucky Wildcat logged 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. Ray Allen added 13, while Von Wafer tallied 10 on 4-5 shooting off the bench.

Chris Bosh scored a game-high 24 points on 8-11 shooting. Even still, I felt the Heat should've gone to him more. I guess that's what happens when you have a team filled with ball hogs.

LeBron James recorded 22 points, seven boards, and seven dimes on 10-21 shooting and Dwyane Wade totaled 19 points on just 6-17 shooting. The Miami bench combined to shoot 2-12 from the field and 1-10 from long range.

The Heat led by as many as seven in the 1st half, but held only a four-point advantage at the break. In fact, the game was knotted at 39-39 with 1:00 to go in the 2nd, but Miami closed out the frame with a 4-0 run.

It was an eventful 3rd quarter, highlighted with a Wade flagrant foul on Garnett and a boneheaded double dribble by Wafer. Despite the chippy play, Boston nearly doubled Miami's point total for the frame, 35-18. The C's took a 74-61 lead into the 4th.

Miami battled back and cut it's deficit to just a pair when Wade knocked down two free throws with 4:51 to go. However, the Celtics battled back. Davis canned an elbow jumper and then the C's forced a shot clock violation. With just over a minute left, Bosh hit a jumper to bring Miami within two again. After misses from Pierce and Rondo, the Heat held possession, trailing 83-81, with 18.2 seconds left.

James took Pierce to the rim. Though he missed the shot, he did pick up the foul. After missing the front half, James cut the Boston lead to just one. He nearly stole the inbounds pass, but the Heat were eventually forced to foul Davis with 6.3 seconds left. Big Baby really should've given the ball up to Pierce, despite his struggles throughout the contest.

Fortunately, he drained both shots and gave Boston an 85-82 advantage. Mike Miller failed to connect on a trey from the top of the key and the Celtics prevailed with the win.

With the victory, Boston improves to 39-14 and reclaims the top stop in the Eastern Conference. The Heat, on the other hand, fall to 39-15. The C's get a few days off, but return to action Wednesday night when the Nets visit Beantown. Boston and New Jersey tip off at 7:30 p.m.

Stephen Bailey 2/13/2011 03:50:00 PM Edit
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  1. Anonymous says:

    Where we will get Delonte back!!!!!!

  2. Jenda says:

    feels good, don't it?

  3. RoswellSounds says:

    Hard as a rock, man... Or should I say "hard as KG and Rondo´s heads"? Those first six mins of the third quarter won the game for the C´s. Such passion & courage deserved a reward, and they got it right on.

    When you play with seven players, and your captain goes 0-10 from the field, then you could count it as a loss, right? WRONG! This is the Garden, and those players mean bussiness every single time, specially when things get rough. That´s all...

    Watching the C´s in the field... I wouldn´t want to be doing anything else. Great win, guys. Now, time to wrap it up vs New Jersey and enjoy the next weekend. Love to all of you!! =D

  4. Marzena says:

    What yelled Celtics supporters in TD Garden before it was muted by tv producers? I am sure it concerned the referees.

  5. DH says:

    Marzena, the fans were yelling "Bull $hit" and they had to mute it

  6. Marzena says:

    Thank you DH.

  7. tb727 says:

    Very nice win, they were able to hold off Miami. Nice to see Glen Davis show up and make two clutch free throws too.

    Desperately need a backup small forward though. Hope Pierce ain't out long.

    And ABC's gotta stop with the bleeping of all the curses. "Bull-shit" is a common chant in arenas.

  8. Three Toe says:

    yea those free throws were clutch. but yea, the bleeping was funny hahaha. also, it wasnt like von wafer came in and made it obvious how we need another small forward. he was solid in that respect. we do need help in that posiion but we are lucky to have VW as an under-rated back-up there.

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