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It was deja vu for the Boston Celtics. In the 2007-08 season, the Celtics beat a Houston Rockets team on March 18 to end their 22-game win streak. Monday, the Celtics could not capitalize on a career-high 43 points from Jeff Green as the Miami Heat stretched their streak to 23 in a 105-103 victory. It was the first win for the Heat at the TD Garden since 2007.
LeBron James hit the dagger two-pointer with 10 seconds left to put the Heat up two at 105-103. Paul Pierce missed a three-pointer with six seconds left. James had a team-high 37 points to go along with 12 assists and seven rebounds.
The Celtics started off fast with a 6-0 run. The Heat came back with an 8-0 run to take the 8-6 edge. The Celtics eventually found their rhythm again with Green scoring 14 points in the first quarter to give the Celtics a 31-19 lead after one.
In the second quarter, the Heat cut into the Celtics lead and eventually had it at 59-53 at the half.
In the third quarter the Heat kept cutting the Celtics lead to one possession, but the Celtics fought back with Green and Pierce scoring at will. The lead after the third quarter was down to four points at 72-68.
The fourth quarter was a roller coaster of emotion for both teams. The Celtics were up 13 after a Jordan Crawford deep three-point jumper about two minutes into the quarter. The Heat stormed back with a huge run late to take the 101-100 lead. Avery Bradley hit a three-point shot to make it 103-101, but James tied the game with a layup after a controversial call reversal of a possession initially awarded to the Celtics.
Pierce was second on the team with 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Courtney Lee added 13 points in the Celtics’ back court. The Celtics finished the game with an inexcusable 21 turnovers that led to 24 Heat points.
Dwyane Wade scored 16 points. Mario Chalmers hit the triple to put the Heat up 101-100 and went a hot 4-of-5 from distance to finish with 21 points. Chris Bosh also scored in double figures with 13 points.
The Celtics played their hearts out on Monday night and definitely look like a team who can play under any circumstances. The Celtics next game is Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at New Orleans against the Hornets. The Heat will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at Cleveland on Wednesday as they go for 24 straight wins.