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SportWade scores 19, Heat hold off Celtics 115-99

06:05  11 january  2019
06:05  11 january  2019 Source:   ap.org

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Follow. 19 - 19 . 1st in Southeast Division. 115 -109. @ Cavaliers. W. Bradley Beal finally told Dwyane Wade on Friday night that he wears No. 3 as a tribute to the Heat star. Wade , Winslow off the mark on GW attempts (0:25). Raptors, Heat trade buckets down stretch (0:55).

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors were too disappointed with their performance to celebrate a win that guaranteed them the best record in the Eastern Conference at the All-Star break.

Wade scores 19, Heat hold off Celtics 115-99© (Photo by Oscar Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images) CAPTION: MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 10: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat shoots the ball against the Boston Celtics on January 10, 2019 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade knew the Boston Celtics would make a run.

He also decided when it should end.

Wade scored eight of his 19 points in a third-quarter spurt that saved Miami from what was starting to look like a freefall, and the Heat went on to defeat the Celtics 115-99 on Thursday night. Miami led by as many as 26 shortly after halftime, then saw the Celtics peel off 16 unanswered points before Wade helped quickly restore order.

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The Heat lost the series in the seventh game despite leading three games to two after the fifth game and holding a lead with three minutes remaining in Game 7.[20]. In the off -season, Wade announced his intentions to retire after the 2018– 19 season,[114][ 115 ][116] re-signing with the Heat

"I've been on this train with him for a long time," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "He has a way of making all of us look a lot better. ... Sometimes this league is just about having great players in those important moments, swing moments during the course of a game."

Josh Richardson scored 18 points for Miami, which set season highs with 18 3-pointers and 33 assists. Derrick Jones Jr. scored 14, and Justise Winslow scored 13 points and added a career-high 11 assists for the Heat.

"We're trying to move up. We're trying to continue to get better," said Wade, who helped the Heat even their record at 20-20. "You want to be able to win some of these games against the top teams."

Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 22 on 10-for-19 shooting for the Celtics, who scored a season-high 135 points one night earlier in a win over Indiana — but were held under 100 for only the fourth time all season, the first since Nov. 17.

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Jaylen Brown scored 25 and Irving 22 and 10 assists for the Celtics , who overcame an 18-point deficit in the third and led with 2:04 left. Hayward, who signed a four-year, 8 million free agent contract with the Celtics this summer, was bumped by James while trying to catch an alley-oop pass with 6:45 left

Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 38 points. Credit Hans Deryk/Reuters. “And I don’t think we should react to either one,” Rivers added. Rivers said his team was overeager from the start, and he bemoaned the 26 points the Heat scored off Celtics turnovers.

Irving went to the Heat practice court immediately after the game, shooting for about 30 minutes.

"Just good to get some shots up, just release some stress a little bit after a tough loss," Irving said.

Marcus Smart scored 18, and Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris each had 17 for the Celtics.

Miami outscored Boston 17-4 in the final 3:07 of the first half and took a 61-43 lead into the break — the largest halftime edge for the Heat since November. 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.

Looks were deceiving.

Boston scored the next 16 points, with Tatum getting six of them and the Celtics were right back in the game. Wade made a 3-pointer to stop the run, and scored eight points in the final 3:47 of the quarter as the Heat took an 83-72 lead into the final 12 minutes.

Tyler Johnson got a pair of 3s to fall in a 67-second span early in the fourth, and just like that Miami was back up 95-76.

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Celtics beat the Nets, 116-95, improving to 24-15 on the season and moving to within two games of Philadelphia for fourth place in the East. Tatum rocks the rim in transition (0: 19 ). An emphatic alley-oop for a dunk from Terry Rozier to Jaylen Brown caps off a 115 -102 Celtics win over the Wolves.

The Miami HEAT defeated the Boston Celtics 115 -111 in overtime in Game 2 holding a 2-0 lead. The Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics 115 -107 Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena, but not before holding off Wade scored 19 points in the fourth quarter to keep the HEAT from elimination.

"They really, really shot it and made big ones when we came back in the second half to stymie that," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "But that's a result of being comfortable all night."

TIP-INS

Celtics: Boston trailed for 4:04 in its last four games, combined. It trailed for 4:14 in the first quarter alone Thursday. ... Boston has now lost three straight to Miami, the first time that's happened since 2012.

Heat: It was Miami's 400th consecutive home sellout. ... Winslow wore "RIP Sammy Farkas" on his sneakers, a tribute to a Miami Beach teen who died in a fall earlier this week. ... Jones made a 40-footer to end the first half, and had a 60-footer to end the third quarter hit the rim and bounce off. ... James Johnson got rave reviews from teammates for dunking on Irving in the opening minutes. "Definitely nice," Tyler Johnson said.

HELLO, AGAIN

Boston and Miami didn't play each other in 2018 — the last meeting between the clubs, before Thursday, came on Dec. 20, 2017. The Celtics played every other NBA team at least once in 2018; the Heat played every team besides Boston and Golden State, who they last faced on Dec. 3, 2017 and won't see for the first time this year until Feb. 10 in Oakland.

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Irving finished with 24 points which included him scoring nine of the Celtics ' last ten. The victory extends their winning streak to four straight. That appeared to be how the half would end, but a full-court pass took advantage of a sleeping Heat defense and allowed Irving to score the go-ahead

Wade had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat , and Hassan Whiteside collected 10 points and 10 boards. DeRozan scored 19 points in the quarter, nine of them in a 21-4 run over the final 4:34 as "They just seemed to score every time down going the other way and we weren't able to hold the fort

NOTHING EASY

The game's first free throw came more than 17 minutes after tip-off, when Winslow got to the line for Miami. Boston didn't take a free throw until 10:31 remained in the third quarter.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Visit Orlando on Saturday. Boston is 7-2 in its last nine games against Orlando.

Heat: Host Memphis on Saturday. It'll be the 41st game — the midpoint — of Miami's season.

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Antetokounmpo has triple-double as Bucks crush Heat 124-86.
MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in his fourth triple-double of the season, and the Milwaukee Bucks cruised past the Miami Heat 124-86 on Tuesday night. BOX SCORE: BUCKS 124, HEAT 86 Eric Bledsoe had 17 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 16 for Milwaukee, which has won 13 of 16 dating to Dec. 14. The Bucks improved to 31-12, second-best in the NBA. Justise Winslow and Hassan Whiteside had 19 points apiece for Miami, which fell to 21-21. Milwaukee used a 12-0 run midway through the second quarter to pull away. The Bucks led by 26 late in the period.

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