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OK, Ray Allen you could understand. But…Eddie House? The sharp shooting guard led the Celtics to an easy 98-83 win Wednesday night against the Heat. House used to play for Miami, so perhaps he saves his biggest games for his former team.
House had a season-high point total of 20 in the second quarter alone, and finished with 25 points overall. He shot 7-11 from long distance and 9-15 overall. He also threw in four rebounds in his 26 minutes. Ray Allen led all scorers with 27 points (5-6 from 3-pt land). Allen and House combined to shoot 12-17 from beyond the arc.
The prolific three-point shooting was not relegated to just Allen and House, as Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, and Brian Scalabrine each pitched in another three-pointer for 15 total. The Heat last gave up at least that many three-pointers on Nov. 9, 2007 against the Phoenix Suns.
The sharp shooting overshadowed the return of center Kendrick Perkins, who was sitting out while nursing a shoulder injury. Perk finished with two points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes of action.
Shawn Marion, who used to be a good player, is barely a shadow of his former self. He finished with two points and one rebound in just over eight minutes of floor time. To his credit, he’s nursing a groin injury which has limited him lately. Either way, he’ll be an attractive commodity at the trade deadline due to his $17.8 million expiring contract.
Overall, this game was never close. The Celtics raced out to a 29-10 lead, and for the rest of the game never held less than a dougle-digit lead. It’s nice to play that well on the road, but the Heat are only an average team.
Next up for the Celtics is the hot Orlando Magic Thursday night on the second game of a back-to-back. A win here would be HUGE.