NBA Game Summary - Miami at Boston
(Wednesday, February 3rd)
Final Score: Boston 107, Miami 102
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Rajon Rondo had 22 points and 14 assists, and the Boston Celtics overcame the absence of Paul Pierce to beat Miami, 107-102, at TD Garden.
Ray Allen scored 11 of his team-high 23 points in the final quarter for the Celtics, who have won back-to-back contests. Kevin Garnett tallied 14 points and nine rebounds, while Kendrick Perkins scored 13, as Boston topped Miami for the 11th time in the last 12 encounters.
Pierce is listed as day-to-day after spraining his left midfoot during Monday's game against Washington.
"It's very tough, everybody has to deal with injuries in this league," Garnett said. "We haven't had a lot of practice time, and on top of that we have guys that are injured. It messes with, or plays with the rhythm of your team."
Dwyane Wade had 30 points and 13 assists for the Heat, who have lost three in a row and five of six. Rafer Alston and Udonis Haslem each scored 15 in defeat.
"We went through a stretch, where we didn't make enough shots at one point," Wade said. "At one point we had about four shots and we missed them, and they kept capitalizing. We fell back, and gave them too much ground, in that four minute period."
A three-pointer by Quentin Richardson brought the Heat within 96-94 with 1:36 remaining, but Perkins went 1-of-2 at the foul line, and after a Miami turnover, Tony Allen made a pair of free throws with 36.5 ticks left.
The closest Miami got after that was three points at 105-102 on a Wade three with 6.1 left, but Ray Allen countered by making a pair of foul shots to seal the victory.
The Celtics grabbed a 27-26 edge after one quarter and they held a 53-51 edge at the half as Rondo made 2-of-3 foul shots with under a second remaining.
Boston led by as many as seven in the third, but two foul shots from Michael Beasley in the waning seconds of the quarter tied the game at 74-74 moving to the fourth.
Boston then moved to its largest lead at 88-78 with 6:36 left following a layup from Perkins.
Haslem played in his 486th game for the Heat, tying Keith Askins for second on the team's all-time list. Alonzo Mourning (593) is first...Eddie House had 16 points off the bench for Boston...Beasley scored 13 for Miami, which had a better shooting percentage (52.1) than Boston (48.7)...Garnett has 21,806 career points, which is seven behind Gary Payton for 23rd on the all- time list.
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