It was the Heat's worse loss of the season, and they were held to their fewest total points of the year.
The Celtics jumped out to a double digit lead in the first quarter but Miami made it close in the second. Boston really took control in the third quarter - outscoring Miami 31-12 - and later built their largest lead of the game at 29 in the fourth quarter.
Paul Pierce led Celtics scorers with 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting. Avery Bradley scored 13 points, Brandon Bass scored 16 and Kevin Garnett had 10 points.
LeBron James scored 23 for Miami and Dwyane Wade had 15. Chris Bosh was held to four points.
The win has the Celtics improve to 30-22 as they retain sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division. Michael Saver 4/01/2012 06:18:00 PM Tweet