When a team like the Miami Heat gets hot, it becomes almost impossible to stop. The Celtics learned that first-hand Friday night.
Boston jumped ahead of the Heat by as many as 13 points early in the second quarter but that was before Miami caught fire. It took only three minutes and 44 seconds for that lead to disappear, as the teams were tied up at 34-34 with eight minutes left in the first half.
Miami made five of six shots during that stretch to go along with two free throws. Three of those made field goals were 3-pointers, including two from former Celtic Ray Allen.
This game took a turn for the worse after the Heat evened things up. Miami stayed hot throughout the second period and wound up making 16 of its 19 field goal attempts in the frame. Yes, 16 of its 19 field goal attempts! That scorching-hot quarter included a 5-of-6 performance from downtown that was led by Allen and Norris Cole, who each made both of their attempts from long range.
The Heat continued their hot shooting into the fourth quarter and at one point had made 27 of 40 field goal attempts. That averages out to 67.5 percent. Crazy.
Miami eventually pulled ahead by as many as 16 points and cruised to a 109-101 victory as its starters watched from the sideline.
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Jeff Green was asked to step up in the absence of Boston’s stars yet again on Friday night. He didn’t have a problem obliging to that request.
Green scored a game-high 25 points against Miami while playing a game-high 36 minutes and 25 seconds. He made 10 of his 17 field goal attempts and nailed all four of his free throws.
No. 8 also brought the goods on the glass, which isn’t typical of his game. His eight rebounds trailed only Brandon Bass’ nine in the game. To give you an idea of how superb that is for Green, there have been only four contests all season in which he has grabbed more than eight boards.
Although Green didn’t lead the Celtics to a victory, his effort must be applauded. He stepped up in the absence of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett and played like the go-to player the Celtics believe he can be.
Box Score Nuggets
- Each team led by at least 13 points in the game.
- Each team had four players score at least 17 points.
- Jeff Green's 25 points led the game.
- Brandon Bass grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
- The Celtics were perfect from the free-throw line, making all 13 of their attempts.
- Miami shot 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) from 3-point range.
- LeBron James scored 20 points and handed out a game-high nine assists.
- Avery Bradley limited Dwyane Wade to just 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting to go along with four turnovers.
- Miami's bench combined to shoot 9-of-12 from downtown.
- No one on Boston's roster dished out more than three assists.
- The Celtics outscored the Heat in the paint (56-44), in second-chance points (18-10), and in fast break points (15-5).
- No one on Miami's roster grabbed more than seven rebounds.
- Jordan Crawford scored 20 points, Courtney Lee scored 18 points and Bass scored 17 points.
- Miami's top four reserves all finished with a plus/minus rating of at least plus-10.
Quote of the Night
I thought their subs beat our subs, if you want to just simplify it. Doc Rivers on how the C's lost control of the game in the second quarter