No Dwyane Wade, no Hassan Whiteside, no Chris Andersen, no problem. The short-handed Miami Heat are back on track as they take down the Boston Celtics by the score of 93-86. The Heat only scored two more points then they did yesterday when Khris Middleton made them pay for it, but the Celtics weren’t able to come back down 20, as the Bucks were down 12.
Goran Dragic lead the way for the Heat tonight, as Dragic had 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists. Udonis Haslem had a double-double tonight, which was his first since the 2012-2013 season, as he had 12 points and 12 rebounds as he rebounded from his shaky performance yesterday. Luol Deng chipped in with 15 points and 5 rebounds on 5-15 shooting from the field.
Tyler Johnson and Henry Walker also stepped up for the Heat tonight, as both had 12 points in the winning effort. Walker had 12 points and 4 rebounds, while Tyler Johnson had 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals in his first extended action in quite some time.
For the Celtics, Jae Crowder lead the way scoring wise, as he scored a team high 16 points and also added in 7 rebounds. Avery Bradley was able to get off to a fast start scoring the Celtics first 8 points, but struggled the rest of the way and finished with 12 points. Tyler Zeller was just two rebounds shy of a double-double, as he added 10 points along with 8 rebounds. Isiah Thomas returned from an eight game absence with 4 points on 2-7 shooting, while Phil Pressey finished with 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists in the Celtics’ losing effort tonight.
The Heat, (33-38), will head to Atlanta to take on the East leading Atlanta Hawks on Friday, who are looking to sweep their regular season series with the Heat, as they currently lead 3-0 in the series. The Celtics, (31-40), will head off to the other Garden to take on the Knicks on Friday.
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