In an interesting stretch the Celtics and Heat seemed to just be trading three pointers.
Richardson who has struggled lately, was able to get in rhythm early finding Whiteside for assists and even pulling up in transition from three.
James Johnson also got going early with a huge slam, looking like the JJ from a couple years ago.
It was Kyrie Irving who caused the most trouble for Miami early on, shredding the defense and scoring with ease. Still, the Heat fought back nicely, even holding the lead for long periods.
They’d take a 4 point lead into the second quarter.
The Celtics came out firing to start the second. It must be nice to have Gordon Hayward leading your reserves. The Heat did manage to withstand their result, finding offense with Derrick Jones Jr and Dion Waiters.
Waiters was noticeably effective as a facilitator, finding teammates in the lane and not settling for bad jumpers.
It was also nice to see Derrick Jones Jr, back in the rotation after falling out last game. Spoelstra surprisingly went with an eleven man rotation. Still, no Wayne Ellington once again for the Heat, all signs indicate that he’ll be traded at the deadline. He’s too good to sit on the bench.
Justise Winslow also continued his success. It’s great to see him thriving in his new role.
With so many scorers on the floor, Miami was able to take an thirteen point lead around the 1 minute mark. The Celtics offense stalled, while players like Josh Richardson and Derrick Jones Jr found ways to score for Miami on the other end.
Derrick Jones Jr also managed to hit a huge buzzer beater to end the half. With so much scoring the Heat took an 18 point lead into halftime.
James Johnson got it going for the Heat to start the second half, and they’d keep their offensive assault alive as the Celtics continued to struggle.
Brad Stevens would go down his bench in search of energy, electing to go with Robert Williams. He’d bring the Celtics some much needed energy.
The Celtics began to show signs of life, going on a 16-0 run as the Heat entered a scoring drought.
Wade came in around the 4 minute mark, to slow the Celtics down with a three, but they wouldn’t let up right away.
Miami eventually found their groove again, with JRich and DWade doing some amazing work, but the Celtics stayed on their heals. The Heat still managed to stay ahead by 11 heading into the fourth quarter.
Dwyane Wade got things started with a jump hook to extend the Heat lead at the beginning of the quarter. He’d follow that up with a steal and layup.
He’s been so good lately, really using his veteran presence to get the Heat out of intense situations and back on track.
Just like that the Heat had control again as Johnson drained a three, and Bam forced his way to the line.
Miami’s adjustments on the defensive end were fantastic. The Celtics just seemed to have no answers all of a sudden. They still tried to fight back with Marcus Smart catching fire from deep.
Bam Adebayo once again stepped it up for the Heat in the fourth. He’s been fantastic lately on both ends lately. Tyler Johnson also stepped up, hitting a ton of his threes at key points.
The Heat slowed things down in an effort to maintain the lead as they beat the Celtics 115-99.