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