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Miami Heat Cruise Past the Boston Celtics, 115-99 - ESPN 98.1 FM

Miami Heat Cruise Past the Boston Celtics, 115-99 - ESPN 98.1 FM

Derrick Jones Jr. scored 14, and Justise Winslow scored 13 points and added a career-high 11 assists for the Heat.

Miami shot 53.1 percent from the floor, and the Celtics were 19-for-49 (38.8 percent) from the field after two quarters.

Irving had 12 points, but there were three other Celtics who scored over 20, and four, including Kyrie who had more than 10. Marcus Smart put up 18 points.

Around the rim: Boston trailed for 4:04 in its last four games, combined. They trailed for 4:14 in the first quarter alone Thursday, and that set the tone for the game.

The Heat took a 61-43 lead into halftime. And an 11-3 run to start the third pushed the lead out to 72-46, which would seem to indicate that Miami was in complete control.




Winslow scored 36.9 FanDuel points in the win.

Boston found itself down 26 points in the game, but a run late in the third quarter cut the lead to eight. "Even when he was in college, just me reaching out to him, seeing how he was doing, etcetera, etcetera..."

Minus a bona fide superstar, the Heat are getting consistent performances from a cast of hardworking youngsters and crafty veterans like Wade, who has been demoted to bench duty in his final National Basketball Association season. The Celtics had scored at least 50 points in 18 of their last 19 halves entering Thursday.

Boston, playing on consecutive nights and on the road as opposed to the more-rested Heat, didn't show much energy after the first quarter. The Celtics played every other National Basketball Association team at least once in 2018; the Heat played every team besides Boston and Golden State, who they last faced on December 3, 2017 and won't see for the first time this year until February 10 in Oakland. Through 41 games this season, the Cs are sitting in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with a 25-16 record.

Rated by National Basketball Association experts as the best game of the 2018-19 season, the Spurs outlasted the Thunder 154-147.


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