Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics: Postgame Grades and Analysis

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Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics: Postgame Grades and Analysis
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In the face of extreme adversity, the Miami Heat's win streak forged on to 23 straight games. 

The Boston Celtics led for much of this contest, but back-to-back hoops by LeBron James gave Miami a slight edge and a 105-103 final.

The win gave Miami sole possession of the second-longest streak in NBA history, but it wasn't easy. In another rematch of last season's Eastern Conference finals, the Heat and Celtics put on quite a show at TD Garden in Boston. 

James finished with an impressive line of 39 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds, and the Heat also got 21 from Mario Chalmers. James was dominant in every aspect, wrestling for position in the paint, as well as finding open men all over the floor.

Perhaps more impressive was Jeff Green. Not a regular starter for the Celtics, Green took the spot of Kevin Garnett for this game and more than filled in. Green posted a game-high 43 points, getting almost any shot he wanted. He was held scoreless for the final nine minutes of the contest, allowing the Heat to slowly overtake the lead.

Paul Pierce joined Green as a Boston standout, going for 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. 

The win pushed Miami to 52-14 on the season and put the Heat 10 victories shy of the NBA record for consecutive wins. The game was more meaningful for Boston, which is fighting for seeding. They fell to 36-30 and, barring late games, out of a tie for the No. 5 spot in the conference.

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