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Wednesday night was a lost cause for the Celtics. At least for the first three quarters of their game against the visiting Heat.

Nothing went right for Boston over those first 36 minutes. Not the shots, not the bounces, and certainly not the whistles. The Celtics fell behind by 19 points during the first half and that deficit ballooned to 22 points during the third quarter.

Then something clicked for Boston, and it began to play with life.

Led by the spirited effort of Phil Pressey, who tallied 11 points, six assists and five rebounds off the bench, the Celtics staged a comeback in the fourth quarter. They crawled all the way back to within six points with two minutes left on the clock. However, their run was too little, too late.

Miami made just enough plays to squeak out a 93-86 win. The Heat made four of their five free throw attempts during the final 30 seconds to secure the win.

The Celtics walk away from this contest with a lesson well-learned. Although their effort was fantastic during the fourth quarter, they now know that they can't show up for one period and expect to win.

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You’ve got to give it to Jae Crowder. The guy is like a chameleon when it comes to adjusting to his surroundings.

Crowder has been in and out of Boston’s starting lineup and second-half starting lineup of late. He came off the bench Wednesday night and put forth Boston’s top scoring effort.

The versatile swingman scored 16 points thanks to his aggressive play. He drew fouls all night long, which sent him to the free-throw line for a game-high 11 attempts. He capitalized on eight of those shots to account for half of his point total.

Crowder also grabbed seven rebounds and blocked a shot during his 27-plus minutes of action against Miami.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Miami led by as many as 22 points.
  • The Heat's scoring decreased in each of the final three quarters, while Boston's scoring increased during each of the final three quarters.
  • Two Heat players, Goran Dragic and Mario Chalmers, tied for the game high in assists with seven apiece.
  • Only two of Boston's starters, Avery Bradley and Tyler Zeller, scored in double-figures.
  • Jae Crowder led the Celtics with 16 points.
  • Dragic led the game with 22 points.
  • The teams combined to commit 53 personal fouls and five technical fouls.
  • Udonis Haslem notched the only double-double of the game with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
  • The Celtics limited the Heat to just 11 points during the fourth quarter.
  • The teams were nearly identical when it came to points in the paint (Miami 36, Boston 32), second-chance points (10 points apiece) and fast break points (Miami 15, Boston 14).
  • Two Heat reserves, James Ennis and Michael Beasley, tied for the game high in blocks with two apiece.
  • Phil Pressey totaled 11 points, a team-high six assists and five rebounds off the bench.
  • Boston shot just 25-of-37 (67.6 percent) from the free-throw line, while Miami shot just 16-of-23 (69.6 percent).
  • In his first game back from injury, Isaiah Thomas scored just four points on 2-of-7 shooting.
  • Marcus Smart grabbed a game-high four steals on the night.
  • Both teams committed 17 turnovers.

Quote of the Night

We really had nothing to lose, down 20 we knew we needed to make a comeback and we just played loose and free.

Marcus Smart on Boston's fourth-quarter comeback bid.

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