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Heat Vs. Celtics: Boston Destroys Miami, 91-72

The Boston Celtics handed the Miami Heat their worst loss of the season on Sunday, rolling to a 91-72 win.

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Heat Vs. Celtics Final Score: Boston Hands Miami Worst Loss Of Season, 91-72

The Boston Celtics took the Miami Heat to the woodshed on Sunday, getting an 91-72 victory that may not have been as close as the final margin indicates.

Rajon Rondo recorded a triple-double with 16 points, 14 assists, and 11 rebounds, and Paul Pierce tied LeBron James with a game-high 23 points. All five Boston starters ended up in double figures, and the Celtics pulled away in with a roundhouse of a third quarter in which they outscored the Heat 31-12.

The Heat notched their lowest point total of the season and their most lopsided loss, shot just 34.8 percent from the floor and gave James and Dwyane Wade -- both off their peak forms, combining for just 38 points on 17-of-37 shooting -- virtually no help, with Miami's other three starters combining for just six points.

The Heat are still well ahead of the Orlando Magic for the second seed in the Eastern Conference, but with the Bulls' loss to the Thunder today, this was a prime chance for Miami to gain ground on Chicago. And Miami's road woes -- 12 of its 14 losses have come away from South Florida -- may be a source of concern for LeBron and company.

Keep up with the latest news and highlights from this game on our Heat vs. Celtics StoryStream. For more news and notes on these teams, check out Heat blog Peninsula Is Mightier, CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston.

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