Heat Sweat Out Win vs. Celts
MIAMI, Nov. 28 (Ticker) -- Paul Pierce's
first miss from the line came
at the wrong time for the Boston Celtics.
Pierce, who had made his first eight free throws, split a pair
of attempts with a chance to tie the game with five seconds left
as the Celtics fell to the Miami Heat, 106-104.
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contributed 25 points and nine assists and
added 23 and 13 rebounds for the Heat, who had averaged
just 87.7 points over their last three contests, losing two of
O'Neal made all nine of his shots, tying a Heat record for shots
made without a miss set by Clarence Weatherspoon
The game was tied, 93-93, before Miami's Udonis Haslem
layup and a three-point play surrounding a 3-pointer by
to open an eight-point cushion with 4:34 remaining.
Boston, which lost its fourth straight game, pulled within
105-103 on a pair of free throws by Pierce with 1:05 left, and
after a series of fruitless possessions, the Celtics got the
ball back with 11.3 seconds left.
Pierce, who collected 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists,
drove the lane and was fouled by O'Neal but missed his first
free throw, then sank the second to make it 105-104.
Miami's Christian Laettner
split a pair from the line with 3.1
seconds remaining before Boston's Ricky Davis
misfired on a
double-pump jumper from the left baseline just before the
Boston connected on 34-of-38 free throws while Miami sank just
scored a season-high 21 points to pace the
Celtics, who had five players record at least 14 points.
"When we move the ball and share the wealth, we are a much more
dangerous team to stop," Pierce said. "Everybody had a chance
to contribute today and we had several players with double
Miami trailed at the break, 60-59, before opening the second
half with 13 straight points. The Heat led by as much as 78-65
on a pair of free throws by Wade with 5:27 left in the third
quarter and took an 85-77 advantage into the fourth quarter.
But after Eddie Jones
made it 87-77 on a jumper 15 seconds into
the fourth, the Celtics went on a 9-0 run to make things
"I think we have to pick it up a little more and do a little
better," O'Neal said. "It's all about us. We have to dig down
collectively to get things done. The more mistakes we make, the
closer these games are going to be. We have to start putting
things together. We're 10-5, doing OK, but we can do a whole
"You enjoy the wins when they come like that and you hate the
losses when they come like that," Wade said. "There is a fine
line. This is a season in progress. Hopefully, when we have a
10-point lead, we can put the game away and have a comfortable