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Two games. Two second-half comeback bids. Two losses.

For the second consecutive game, the Celtics looked like a completely different team during the second half of action. For the second consecutive game, they couldn’t get over the hump.

Boston trailed by as many as 15 points Sunday afternoon while hosting the Miami Heat. Miami held a 13-point advantage at halftime after the C’s had shot just 31.7 percent from the field over the first 24 minutes of the game.

A break in the action helped to turn the C’s into a different team. They came out of the locker room on the offensive.

Avery Bradley nailed two shots in just 43 seconds to get Boston going. Brandon Bass and Jae Crowder then sandwiched a 2 and a 3 around a free throw from Chris Bosh to make it a seven-point game.

Less than two minutes had ticked off of the second-half clock, but Boston had already climbed back into this game. It actually tied the game up with 40.7 seconds left in the third quarter.

That was as close as the Celtics ever came to a lead in this game. They never got over the hump, as Miami eventually built another double-digit lead and went on to win 83-75.

Key Player

Avery Bradley finally broke out of his funk on Sunday.

Bradley had been struggling to put the ball through the basket during his previous four games leading up to Sunday. He had shot just 30.9 percent from the field and 25.0 percent from 3-point range during those contests.

Sunday afternoon was different, and it all changed at the start of the second half. Bradley jumpstarted a Celtics comeback by nailing two quick jumpers to open the third quarter. He continued to have a hot hand throughout the period, hitting five of his six shots en route to 10 points.

Bradley finished the afternoon tied with Tyler Zeller for the team high in scoring with 17 points. Bradley shot 8-of-15 on the afternoon, marking the first time he made more than one-third of his shot attempts in a game since Jan. 23. He also contributed four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Neither team shot better than 41.6 percent from the field.
  • Marcus Smart set a new career high with nine assists.
  • The teams combined to shoot 20.0 percent (8-for-40) from 3-point range.
  • Hassan Whiteside led the game in scoring (20 points), rebounding (nine boards) and shot blocking (three blocks).
  • No one on Boston's team grabbed more than six rebounds.
  • Miami scored 14 points off of Boston's 14 turnovers.
  • The Celtics scored 16 or fewer points during three of the game's four quarters.
  • Tyler Zeller and Avery Bradley tied for the Celtics team high in scoring with 17 points apiece.
  • Boston shot just 11-of-18 from the free-throw line.
  • Mario Chalmers committed a game-high five turnovers.
  • Brandon Bass scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds for Boston.
  • The Celtics scored just 28 points in the paint.

Quote of the Night

The one thing with Marcus Smart is he's going to give you juice - lots of juice.

Brad Stevens on what he wanted from Marcus Smart to start the second half.

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