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Celtics Vs. Heat: Miami Picks Up First Win In Four Tries Against Boston

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Celtics Vs. Heat Final Score: Miami Routs Boston, 100-77

It only took four tries, but the Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics, 100-77, for their first win over them this season. The teams played a close first quarter, 22-21 in favor of Boston, but they were unable to keep up after that point. This game will be noted for a play in which LeBron James chucked the ball at Jermaine O'Neal's back and then a scuffle between Dwyane Wade and Paul Pierce.

The Heat dominated the boards all game, outrebounding the Celtics by 16 rebounds (42-26). Miami picked up 15 offensive rebounds while Boston managed only three. Joel Anthony led the Heat with 10 rebounds off the bench, but four of their five starters were able to grab at least five. LeBron James scored a game-high 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting. He and Wade (14 points) combined to dish the ball out for 15 assists.

Kevin Garnett led the Celtics' offense for most of the game, finishing with 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting. However, Paul Pierce finished with a team-high 24 points, helped by making three three-pointers. Rajon Rondo was absent most of the game, scoring just seven points and distributing the ball for five assists.

With the victory, Miami took control of the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Both teams have two games left, and will surely be a race to the finish to settle the No. 2 seed in the East.

For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier. For news and analysis on the C's, visit SB Nation Boston and CelticsBlog.

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Celtics Vs. Heat Score: Miami Opens Up Double-Digit Lead Before Final Quarter

Continuing their strong play from the second quarter, the Miami Heat lead the Boston Celtics, 74-59, at the end of the third quarter. The 15-point lead is the largest one of the game.

The Celtics are still having trouble around the boards, as the Heat hold a 33-19 advantage in rebounds after three quarters. Joel Anthony still leads the Heat with eight, but Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade each have pulled down six so far. LeBron James leads the Heat with 17 points, while Wade and Bosh have added 12 points and 11 points, respectively.

The Celtics' Kevin Garnett still leads the team in scoring, now at 19 points, but Paul Pierce is right behind him with 16. Rajon Rondo added just four points in the quarter and has only dished the ball out for two assists. Boston will need to turn things up if they want to pick up their fourth win over Miami this season.

For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier. For news and analysis on the C's, visit SB Nation Boston and CelticsBlog.

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Celtics Vs. Heat Score: Miami Leads Boston At Halftime Following Late Scuffle

At halftime, the Miami Heat lead the Boston Celtics, 47-40. However, things became testy late in the quarter when LeBron James attempted a drive on the basket. Boston's Jermaine O'Neal turned his shoulder toward James on the drive, which James ran into. When they separated, James threw the basketball at O'Neal's back, leading to a scrum between several other players.

O'Neal received a flagrant foul, James a technical and a double technical for Paul Pierce and Dwyane Wade following some shoving. And not to miss out on all the fouls, Chris Bosh received a technical a bit later when he attempted to gain possession of the ball while the Celtics' player, on his back, held the ball.

James leads the Heat with 12 points, but Mario Chalmers has helped with nine points off the bench. The Heat have outrebounded the Celtics so far, 24-10. Those 10 rebounds are a season low for the Celtics at halftime. Joel Anthony leads the Heat with eight rebounds.

However, both teams are shooting around 48 percent for the game. Kevin Garnett has made 6-of-8 shots to lead the Celtics with 15 points. Ray Allen and Paul Pierce each have seven points, but it has been a quiet game for Rajon Rondo so far with just three points and one assist.

For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier. For news and analysis on the C's, visit SB Nation Boston and CelticsBlog.

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Celtics Vs. Heat Score: Kevin Garnett's 11 Points Gives Boston Slim Lead To Start Game

The Boston Celtics are a quarter of the way to sweeping their four-game season series with the Miami Heat, holding a 22-21 lead after the first quarter of play. Kevin Garnett has 11 of Boston's 22 points, making all four field goals he has attempted (including a three-pointer) and both of his free throw attempts.

The Celtics are shooting 50.0 percent from the field, making eight of 16 shots. Paul Pierce has seven points for the second most on the team, while Ray Allen has a three-point shot for his only points of the game.

LeBron James, meanwhile, leads the Heat with seven points on 75 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade has six points so far, about half of what he has averaged in his previous three games against the Celtics.

For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier. For news and analysis on the C's, visit SB Nation Boston and CelticsBlog.

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Celtics Vs. Heat: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade Make Last (Regular Season) Stand Against Boston

The Boston Celtics have beaten the Miami Heat three times already this season, and they hope to make it a fourth Sunday in South Beach (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC). And then, in all likelihood, they'll try to add four more wins in the 2011 NBA Playoffs, as the teams look to be on a collision course for the second-round meeting. The C's and Heat will be the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds in some order, with the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers in some order their opponents. But the first-round matchup isn't particularly important to either squad. It's all about home court advantage in Round 2.

That the Celtics are still at an advantage in gaining the advantage after a brutal March says something about both how good Boston has been the balance of the season and how ineffective Miami's attempts to leap ahead have been. That Miami is tied with Boston and, with a win, has a great chance to clinch the advantage in the coming days speaks to just how great the Heat have been this season: They have equaled the Celtics.

But Boston, in the head-to-head matchups, has been dominant. The Celtics are 3-0 in the season series, with wins by eight and three points at TD Garden and by five points in Miami. LeBron James has actually been pretty great against Boston this season, averaging 29.3 points, seven rebounds and about seven assists per game. His shooting has been off -- with an effective field goal percentage around .480 -- thanks to bad three-point shooting (3-13).

Dwyane Wade has been downright awful. He's averaged 12.3 points on 27 percent shooting. It's completely bizarre, considering Wade averaged 33 points on 56 percent shooting against Boston in the playoffs last season. The Celtics have keyed in on Wade and Chris Bosh, not quite ignoring LeBron's big numbers but at least conceding them to a certain point. By keeping Wade and Bosh at bay, Boston has been able to keep leads and take victories. For the narrative to change, Wade's almost assuredly going to have to break out.

For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier. For news and analysis on the C's, visit SB Nation Boston and CelticsBlog.

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