The Celtics shot a remarkable 61 percent from the floor, as Paul Pierce poured in 27 and Kevin Garnett added 24 to lead Boston past Miami, 115-107, Tuesday night in South Florida. Lebron James had a game-high 36 for the Heat, who fell to 40-16.
Rajon Rondo added 18 points and 15 assists, giving the Celtics point guard double digits in assists for the 18th straight game, the longest streak in the NBA since John Stockton had 29 straight in 1992. The Celtics won their third straight to improve 33-24 and are 18-7 in the NBA since the All Star break, the third-best mark in the league.
After handing the Heat their worst loss of the season, 91-72, in Boston on April 1, the Celtics came out determined to go one step further Tuesday, blowing out LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and company on their home court. After falling behind 9-3, the Celtics scored the next 10 points and outscored the Heat, 30-13, to take a 33-22 lead after one quarter.
The Celtics again came out on fire against the Heat, shooting an amazing 61 percent in the first half, building their lead up to as many 18. James hit a 3-pointer right before the halftime buzzer, cutting the Boston lead to 65-57.
The Heat scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter in the opening two minutes, missing a chance to tie when Chris Bosh couldn't finish an old fashioned 3-point play. But Brandon Bass hit a jumper and Ray Allen drained a three to build the lead back to 94-89 with 9:01 left.
Then Garnett took over the game. He hit four straight shots and scored the final eight points of an 11-2 Boston run that put the Celtics up, 102-91. Garnett, who finished 11-of-14 from the floor, saved his best for last, hitting a high-arcing shot with two minutes left to push the lead back to seven after a Miami run.
The Celtics are home to Atlanta Wednesday night at the Garden and off Thursday. They then head to Toronto to play the Raptors Friday night, the first of three road games in as many nights. They play the Nets on Saturday and the Bobcats on Sunday before returning home. For complete coverage, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics and the Green Street blog.
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