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The Heat are three games below .500 for the first time since February 6th, 2010. Tonight they host the suddenly hot Boston Celtics.

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Tonight at 6PM, the Heat will host the Boston Celtics at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL. This is the first of four contests between the two teams, with another game in Miami on March 9th and two matchups in Boston on February 1st and on March 25th.

The Heat are playing in the third game of a seven game homestand. They started out losing to the Utah Jazz 105-87 on Wednesday and the Washington Wizards, 105-103 on Friday. They'll host the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas, the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, and the Orlando Magic next Monday.

Boston just closed up a two game homestand with wins over the Magic, 109-92 on Wednesday and the Minnesota Timberwolves 114-98 on Friday. This is the first game in a two game Florida roadtrip. They'll face the Magic on Tuesday.

The last time Miami played Boston was on March 19th. The 22-46 Celtics defeated the 46-19 Heat, 101-96 at TD Garden in Boston, MA. Dwyane Wade scored 17 with five assists, Chris Andersen made six-of-seven shots off the bench, scoring 16 with eight rebounds, and Udonis Haslem made seven-of-eight with five boards and three assists for 14 points. Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 23 points, Brandon Bass had 18, and Rajon Rondo dished out 15 assists in the victory. * Box Score * Full Recap

Rondo and my teammates were able to find me and I was able to knock down shots. I just have that confidence in my shot and like I said my teammates were just finding me. - Bradley, who made six three point shots.

Miami lost to the Washington Wizards 105-103 on Friday night. John Wall had 20 points and 10 assists, Nene Hilario had 20 with six rebounds, and Bradley Beal scored 16 with seven boards. The Heat were led by 28 points and eight assists from Dwyane Wade, 19 points and five rebounds from Luol Deng, and Mario Chalmers had 14 with five dimes. * Box Score * Full Recap

Guys played a good game, man. Can't ask for a better game. My teammates came out and played an amazing game. So this one hurts, man. I'll take this one and put it on my shoulders. I've got to do better for my guys. This was a game everyone wanted to win and we had a chance. - Wade

The Celtics cut down the Timberwolves, 114-98 on Friday night. Kelly Olynyk had 21 points and eight rebounds off the bench, Jeff Green scored 18 with seven boards, and Avery Bradley had 14 points with seven assists, five rebounds and three steals in the win. Shabazz Muhammad led the Wolves with 26 points, five rebounds and five assists, and Chase Budinger had 19 points and four boards off the bench. * Box Score * Full Recap

We had our ups and downs, but we were just playing together, moving the ball and everyone contributed. That's a fun way to play. - Olynyk

GameTime: 6PM ET

Where2Watch: League Pass, CSNHD, Sun Sports

Head2Head: There is no Eastern Conference team that Miami has had less success against. The Heat is 41-61 in direct competition with Boston, their .402 winning percentage better only than Miami's record against the Portland Trail Blazers and the San Antonio Spurs.

Current Record

Miami Heat: 12-15, .444, on pace for a 36-46 record. Third in the Southeast Division, seventh in the Eastern Conference, 17th in the NBA. Last 10 games: L-L-L-W-L-W-L-W-L-L. Playoff Odds: 45.5%

Boston Celtics: 10-14, .417, on pace for a 34-48 record. Second in the Atlantic Division, eighth in the Eastern Conference, 20th in the NBA. Last 10 games: L-W-W-W-L-L-L-W-W-W. Playoff Odds: 75.7%

Milestone Watch

Chris Bosh is eight blocks short of 900 for his career. With one point, he will tie Grant Long in ninth all-time, with 5,473.

Dwyane Wade will reach 18,000 with 63 more points. Three more triples will draw him into a seventh place tie with LeBron James, with 365.

Udonis Haslem is tied with John Salley in 10th place with 233 blocked shots.

Norris Cole will tie Kevin Willis in 31st all-time with 24 points, which would give him 1,591 total.

Heat Leaders

PPG: Dwyane Wade - 22.8, Chris Bosh - 21.6, Luol Deng - 14.2
RPG: Chris Bosh - 8.2, Luol Deng - 4.9, Chris Andersen - 4.0
APG: Dwyane Wade - 5.5, Mario Chalmers - 4.2, Norris Cole - 3.4
SPG: Mario Chalmers - 1.8, Norris Cole - 1.2, Luol Deng - 1.2
BPG: Chris Bosh - 0.8, Chris Andersen - 0.8, Danny Granger - 0.6

Probable Starting Lineups

Miami Heat

PG - Mario Chalmers
SG - Dwyane Wade
C - Chris Andersen
SF - Shawne Williams
PF - Luol Deng

Boston Celtics

PG - Jameer Nelson
SG - Avery Bradley
C - Tyler Zeller
SF - Jeff Green
PF - Jared Sullinger