Boston's Winning Run Stops In Florida
The Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics 104-98 Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena and snapped Boston’s 16-game winning streak.
The Celtics trailed for most of Wednesday night's game against the Miami Heat but were within a point late in the fourth quarter.
Goran Dragi? led the way for the Heat with 27 points.
With Wednesday being a big game with the streaking Celtics in town, Slovenian Dragi? drained the first half, as he tallied 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting before halftime.
As the game progressed, the Slovenian continued to compete hard on both ends and got into the paint. In addition to his team-high 27 points on 8-of-17 shooting, Dragi? also had five rebounds and four assists.
The Heat led by as many as 18 points in the first half and went into halftime leading 54-41, with Dragic having scored 20.
Irving finished with 23 points on 11-of-22 shooting, while rookie Jayson Tatum added 18. Waiters hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final minutes to finish with 26, while Goran Dragic led Miami with 27.
Waiters scored eight points in the final three minutes to keep Miami ahead. Although the 25-year-old hit some tough threes during the flurry, his huge dunk over Kyrie Irving essentially put the game out of reach. In all, Waiters tallied 26 on 11-of-24 shooting, two rebounds and a team-high six assists.
Tyler Johnson mixed up his offensive approach and looked great from the very beginning against the Celtics.
On the flip side of the ball, the 25-year-old showed quick feet and competed hard against Irving. Johnson finished with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting and seven rebounds.
While Justise Winslow did a lot of damage in the paint offensively and showed nice touch around the rim, his biggest contribution came on the defensive end against Al Horford and Irving. Thanks in part to Winslow’s stout defense, Horford shot just 3-of-10 from the field.
When it was all said and done, Winslow scored eight points on 4-of-6 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds.
The Heat will now head out on a four-game road trip starting on Friday against the Timberwolves. Miami’s next home game will be on Friday, December 1 versus the Hornets.