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SportHayward scores 25, Celtics top Heat 112-102

05:40  04 april  2019
05:40  04 april  2019 Source:   ap.org

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Embiid gets 37 and 22 to lead 76ers past Celtics 118-115 Joel Embiid had 37 points, 22 rebounds and a key block on Kyrie Irving with 35 seconds remaining, and Jimmy Butler scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead the streaking Philadelphia 76ers over the Boston Celtics 118-115. Tobias Harris added 21 points for the 76ers, who won their sixth game in a row and avoided a season sweep by the Celtics. Philadelphia (47-25) holds the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race, three games ahead of idle Indiana and four in front of fifth-place Boston. BOX SCORE: 76ERS 118, CELTICS 115 Irving scored 36 points for the Celtics.

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Hayward scored 25 points, Kyrie Irving added 23 and the Celtics pulled away in the final minutes to beat the Miami Heat 112 - 102 on Wednesday night to hang on to the No. 4 Hayward had 15 of his 25 points after halftime, made 12 of 13 shots from the foul line and added eight rebounds and five assists.

Hayward scores 25, Celtics top Heat 112-102© The Associated Press Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) loses the ball as Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) and guard Dwyane Wade (3) defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI — Gordon Hayward scored 25 points, Kyrie Irving added 23 and the Boston Celtics pulled away in the final minutes to beat the Miami Heat 112-102 on Wednesday night.

Al Horford scored 21 and Jayson Tatum scored nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter for the Celtics, who went on a 10-2 run over a decisive three-minute late stretch. That little burst turned a two-point lead into a 10-point edge, and Boston finished off its second win over Miami in a three-night span — dealing the Heat's playoff hopes a serious blow.

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MIAMI (AP) Gordon Hayward is playing his best basketball of the year, and his timing could not be better for the Boston Celtics .

Hayward scored 25 points, Kyrie Irving added 23 and the Celtics pulled away in the final minutes to beat the Miami Heat 112 - 102 on Wednesday night to hang on to the No. 4 Hayward had 15 of his 25 points after halftime, made 12 of 13 shots from the foul line and added eight rebounds and five assists.

Aron Baynes had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Boston, which remained tied with Indiana for the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference. Those teams meet in Indianapolis on Friday, with the No. 4 spot in the East race at stake.

BOX SCORE: CELTICS 112, HEAT 102

Dion Waiters scored 21 points for Miami, which was potentially playing the next-to-last home game of Dwyane Wade's career. Hassan Whiteside came off the bench to finish with 18 points and 15 rebounds for Miami, and Wade scored 17 for the Heat.

Detroit and Brooklyn also lost on Wednesday, meaning the race for the No. 6 spot in the East is even more muddled than it was entering the night. Detroit is sixth at 39-39, Brooklyn and Orlando (which beat New York) are 39-40, and the Heat fell to ninth at 38-40 — a half-game out of eighth, a game out of sixth, but running out of time.

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Hayward scored 25 points, Kyrie Irving added 23 and the Celtics pulled away in the final minutes to beat the Miami Heat 112 - 102 on Wednesday night to hang on to the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. It was the sixth consecutive double-figure scoring game for Hayward , his

Gordon Hayward scored 25 points, Kyrie Irving added 23 and the Boston Celtics pulled away in the final minutes to beat the Miami Heat 112 - 102 on Al Horford scored 21 and Jayson Tatum scored nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter for the Celtics , who went on a 10-2 run over a decisive

Boston led for the overwhelming majority of the first three quarters — the Heat led for 5:36 of those 36 minutes, yet the Celtics never really seemed in full control of the game until the final moments.

Little spurts were enough. Dragic tied the game for the sixth time with a pair of free throws to open the fourth quarter, and Boston scored the next six to go up 89-83 with 8:55 remaining. The Celtics held the lead the rest of the way.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Boston, which jumped out to a 17-2 lead over Miami on Monday, started this game on a 9-0 run. ... Jaylen Brown missed his second consecutive game with back spasms, and Marcus Morris was out with a sore left knee. ... Irving has now played in 11 games at Miami; his Cleveland teams went 0-7 on the Heat home floor, and his Celtics teams are now 2-2.

Heat: Justise Winslow (thigh, nine games missed), Rodney McGruder (knee, eight games) and Josh Richardson (heel, three games) all returned from stints with injuries. But Richardson left 4 minutes into the second half with a left leg injury and was ruled out for the rest of the night. ... Miami has now used 26 starting lineups this season. ... Heat legend Chris Bosh sat courtside.

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Gordon Hayward scored 25 points, Kyrie Irving added 23 and the Boston Celtics pulled away in the final minutes to beat the Miami Heat 112 - 102 . Al Horford scored 21 and Jayson Tatum scored nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter for the Celtics , who went on a 10-2 run over a decisive

MIAMI (AP) — Gordon Hayward is playing his best basketball of the year, and his timing could not be better for the Boston Celtics . Hayward scored 25 points, Kyrie

SPECIAL ANTHEM

The national anthem was performed pregame using "The Instrument of Hope," a trumpet made from bullet casings — a project by students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The trumpet has been on tour for the past several weeks, part of the students at the Parkland, Florida, school's quest to continue the conversation about gun violence.

WADE AT HOME

Wade played for the 574th time at home in a Heat uniform. He's assured of only one more game in Miami — the Heat close their home regular-season schedule on Tuesday against Philadelphia.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Visit Indiana on Friday.

Heat: Visit Minnesota on Friday.

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