BOSTON, April 19 (Ticker)
-- The Boston Celtics finished their season on
a positive note.
Rookie Ryan Gomes
scored 19 points and Tony Allen
added 17 as
the Celtics snapped a five-game losing streak with an 85-78
triumph over the Miami Heat.
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In what was a tight game, the Celtics took control with a 12-0
run early in the fourth quarter. Rookie Orien Greene
, who had 14
points and five steals, capped the burst with a layup with
under eight minutes remaining.
"For us young guys who have been playing a lot of minutes over
the last five games, we're going to think about this win at the
beginning of next year," said Gomes, who made all 10 of his foul
shots. "Even though some of these games were meaningless to
some of those teams, just to be out there competing that will
give us a spark coming off the bench knowing that we played
significant minutes against some pretty good competition."
The Heat (52-30), who are seeded second in the Eastern
Conference, rested All-Stars Shaquille O'Neal
and Dwyane Wade
for a second straight game as they prepare for the Chicago Bulls
in the first round of the playoffs. Miami won three of four
meetings from Chicago this season.
"They're all athletic and young and they're all free willing,"
said Heat guard Gary Payton
, who played only nine minutes. "They
(Chicago) are playing really loose. It's going to be a good
challenge. We're going to have Shaq back in there and all
of us playing on the same page with everybody back."
had 10 points and seven rebounds for the
Celtics (33-49), who shot 36 percent (27-of-75) from the field
and collected 10 steals.
"We have a lot of work to do as a team and I can see that,"
Boston coach Doc Rivers
said. "It's exciting because I do see
the talent on the floor and I like the fact that this group
enjoys playing with each other."
scored 20 points and Antoine Walker
for Miami, which shot 32 percent (23-of-72) and lost for the
first time in four meetings against Boston this season.