LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat came up short against the Boston Celtics for the second straight time on Tuesday night.
The Celtics handed the Heat their 2nd loss in the last 3 games, lead by 27 points from Paul Pierce and 24 points and 9 rebounds from Kevin Garnett.
The Heat trailed by as many as 17 early but would go into the break down 65-57, after a Lebron James 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Rajon Rondo finished with 18 points and 15 assists, facilitating the offense for the Celtics, who shot a season high 61%. Rondo posted double digit assist totals for the 18th straight game, the longest streak in 20 years.
Miami started the 4th quarter on a 7-0 run but failed to tie the Celtics on a couple possessions. Chris Bosh missed a tying free throw and Udonis Haslem missed a baseline jumpshot with 9 minutes left that could have pulled them even.
The Heat would pull within 5 with 1:40 left but that was as close as they would get. Paul Pierce responded with a layup and the Celtics never looked back.
Lebron James carried the Heat again offensively, finishing with 36 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists but it wasn't enough.
Dwyane Wade returned after missing one game, but struggled to find his rhythm, finishing with 20 points and 5 assists on just 9-21 shooting.
Chris Bosh was quite once again, finishing with 13 points and 9 rebounds on 5-13 shooting. Mario Chalmers was the only bright spot for the Heat, who tallied 18 points and 3 steals.
- Lebron James had 11 points in the 3rd quarter for the 3rd straight game
- Celtics outrebounded the Heat 40-34
- Celtics shot a season high 61% for the game
- Coming into this game no team had shot over 55% against the Heat
- Celtics are now 18-7 since the all star break