Celtics show toughness with a big win over the Heat, 105-95
After the tough loss last night against the Orlando Magic, the Celtics showed up in Miami tonight and redeemed themselves with a great win against the Heat, 105-95.
The Celtics dominated most of the 1st quarter going up 32-23 by the end. The 2nd quarter was a much more back and forth affair but the Celtics sustained a Miami Heat run to maintain a 57-51 lead going into the half. Isaiah Thomas had 11 points through the first half, leading the game.
The third quarter featured Dwyane Wade taking a time machine back to about five years ago with 12 points in the quarter going on a run by himself to get Miami back into the game. The green held their ground and contained the Miami run while managing to maintain a lead throughout the quarter.
The fourth quarter featured a back and forth battle with the Celtics starting to pull away late midway through the fourth quarter but Dwyane Wade came back in and scored 6 straight points to get Miami right back into the game. Bosh and Wade combined to score 18 of Miami's 20 points in the quarter
Up 98-93, Avery Bradley had a huge block on Dwyane Wade which led to Wade fouling Evan Turner, who made one free throw, missed the other and got his own miss back and finished the possession with a layup over Dwyane Wade to put Boston up 101-93. From there, the Celtics iced the game at the free throw line and pulled out a win, 105-95.
Evan Turner came off the bench and played strong in his time on the court forcing multiple turnovers on defense and played extremely well in the 4th quarter, closing the game out with Dwyane Wade on him. He finished with 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
Boston as a team played great defense again on the perimeter and forced Miami to turn the ball over 18 times and stealing the ball 15 times in the game.
Avery Bradley continued his hot streak scoring 25 points, which led the team, on a very efficient 9-15 shooting from the field including 3 three pointers.
Jared Sullinger had an efficient night against Hassan Whiteside who was plagued with foul trouble for most of the game. He finished with 17 points on 7-10 shooting.
The entire starting lineup for the Cs finished with double digits in scoring as Isaiah Thomas chipped in with 16 points, Jae Crowder with 13 points and Amir Johnson with a double-double 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Overall, the Celtics put on a great display of effort and teamwork after a bad night in Orlando. They played efficiently on the offensive end and did what they do best on the defensive end forcing turnovers and making it tough for Miami to score.
The Celtics will travel to Mexico City next to take on the Sacramento Kings and old friend Rajon Rondo on Wednesday night.