Big 3 Rest- Boston Celtics Defeat Miami Heat 78-66

April 24, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics center Ryan Hollins (50) battles with Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem (left) and center Dexter Pittman (45) for the ball during the first quarter at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat on Tuesday, in a low scoring exhibition like game with multiple players on both teams sitting out for rest.

Sasha Pavlovic had a game high 16 points, Marquis Daniels finished with 13 points and 5 rebounds and Paul Pierce had 8 points in a limited 18 minutes.

Dexter Pittman was the high man for the Heat with 12, James Jones scored 11 off the bench and Udonis Haslem finished with 6 points and 13 rebounds.

With the Heat losing, the Chicago Bulls have clinched the number 1 seed in the east and will likely rest players for their remaining 2 games.

The Celtics can still get home court advantage in the 1st round but would need to win their next game and have the Atlanta Hawks lose.

Coach Doc Rivers expressed a priority of health over possible home court advantage in the 1st round against the Atlanta Hawks, and as a result rested Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo. Ray Allen is still sidelined (ankle).

Erik Spoelstra and the Heat expressed similar regard for the number 1 seed. Miami's big 3 of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh also did not suit up and will likely sit their final game as well.

Boston struggled early and shot just 11-35 in the first 2 quarters. The Heat would score the games first 11 points and went into the half with a 34-28 lead.

The Celtics would crank it up, outscoring the Heat 50-32 in the second half and were up by as many as 14 in the 4th quarter.

Game Notes

  • Miami's big 3 did not play for the first time this season
  • It took 35 minutes for a player on either team to reach double digit scoring
  • Bulls clinched the number 1 seed in the east
  • There is still no timetable for Ray Allen's injury
  • Miami didn't take their first shooting foul until 6:15 to play in the 4th quarter
  • Udonis Haslem has racked up 49 rebounds in his last 4 games
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