Thursday's National Basketball Association roundup: Heat shooting sinks Celtics

Wade scores 19 Heat hold off Celtics 115-99

The Celtics entered Thursday's game against the Heat on a four-game win streak, but they found themselves down big going into halftime at American Airlines Arena, and were never able to fully recover.

Justise Winslow, Miami's recently converted point guard, added 13 points and 11 assists, a game high and career high.

Josh Richardson scored 18 points for Miami, which set season highs with 18 3-pointers and 33 assists.

Kyrie Irving had 22 points for Boston.

As seen in the video footage embedded below, the two exchanged words near the bench before Morris shoved Brown and Marcus Smart had to step in. Wade had 12 of his 19 in the second half for Miami, which snapped a two-game slide.

Through all the turmoil and good moments, the Celtics will need a better second half of the season if they wish to make a push for the top-four seeds and potentially land home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. 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.

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Boston scored the next 16 points, with Tatum getting six of them and the Celtics were right back in the game. "I got a couple of shots to fall".

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.

But the Celtics bench was thoroughly out-played.

The game's first free throw came more than 17 minutes after tip-off, when Winslow got to the line for Miami. Boston is 7-2 in its last nine games against Orlando.

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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