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NBA Game Summary - Boston at Miami

(Tuesday, January 29th)

Final Score: Boston 117, Miami 87

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Leon Powe scored a career-high 25 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as a short-handed Boston team trounced Miami,117-87, at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Celtics were without All-Star forward Kevin Garnett, who missed his second straight game due to a strained abdominal muscle, and star guard Ray Allen, who was down with the flu. The absences meant little as Boston dominated from the opening tip.

Rajon Rondo matched a career-high 23 points and added six boards for the Celtics, who are an NBA best 35-8 and bounced back from a 96-93 setback at Orlando, where Hedo Turkoglu's three-pointer at the buzzer proved to be the difference. Tony Allen and Eddie House both chipped in with 20 points apiece.

"We knew we had guys short today," Allen said. "We know we had to pick it up and play hard. We are working hard every day and trying to get better."

Mark Blount had 20 points for the woeful Heat, who finished a seven-game homestand at 1-6 and have lost 16 of their past 17 contests. Luke Jackson finished with 14 points off the bench, while Dwyane Wade has a season-low seven points on 1-of-9 shooting before leaving early in the fourth quarter with flu-like symptoms.

Despite missing two of its stars, Boston dominated from the outset. The Celtics broke open a close game by closing the opening quarter 13-0. Allen drained a pair of threes in the flurry and Rondo finished it with a driving layup to make it 31-14 after the opening 12 minutes.

Boston continued to run away in the second quarter. Allen's running dunk, with 8:11 left in the half, gave the Celtics a 21-point cushion, 44-23.

Several minutes later, a pair of James Posey free throws put Boston up, 58-27, its largest lead of the half.

The Heat settled down a bit from there but still trailed 64-42 at intermission.

Any momentum regained at the end of the first half by Miami was quickly forgotten as the Celtics ran away with things in the third quarter. A 14-0 run capped by a Brian Scalabrine jumper made it 80-46 with 7:36 left in the quarter.

Boston took an insurmountable 94-61 lead into the final frame.

The fourth quarter proved to be nothing more than extended garbage time. The Celtics took their largest lead of the game, 103-64, on House's jumper with 9:40 left and the Heat never got closer than 28 points the rest of the way.

Game Notes

Heat forward Udonis Haslem left the game in the second quarter with a sprained left ankle and did not return. Haslem, who came into the game averaging 12.3 points and a team-leading 9.4 rebounds per game, had to be helped to the locker room...The Celtics are 16-4 away from Beantown this season...The Heat are just 5-17 as the host in 2007-08...Boston is now 3-0 against the Heat this season.

01/30 00:10:50 ET

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