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

Rex Christensen
January 13, 2019

On Thursday, the Boston Celtics were in Miami taking on the Heat and found themselves down by double-digits for most of the game. Thursday night's win snapped Miami's two-game losing streak and they now have an overall record of 20-20.

Miami Heat forward James Johnson, top, goes to the basket against Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Miami.

The Boston Celtics played the Heat close the first 17 minutes of the game, but then Miami started to pull away halfway through the second quarter.

Marcus Smart scored 18, and Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris each had 17 for the Celtics.

There's been numerous lineup changes, a heated exchange between Marcus Morris and Jaylen Brown and team meetings.

The Celtics went to lose 115-99. It was an opportunity for Rozier to swap jerseys with his childhood idol, Dwyane Wade, who has announced this year will be his last before retirement.

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So he stopped them at the brink of collapse. The Celtics came into Thursday averaging 19.8 foul shots per game, third-fewest in the National Basketball Association this season.

"I've been on this train with him for a long time, " Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, per Miami led by as many as 26 shortly after halftime, then saw the Celtics peel off 16 unanswered points before Wade helped quickly restore order.

Stevens gave credit to Wade for his ability to stop Boston's run.

Earlier this season, knowing that it was his final one, Wade began exchanging jerseys with some of his adversaries.

Derrick Jones Jr. scored 14 points, and Justise Winslow finished with 13 points and a career-best 11 assists for the Heat.

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