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Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics: Live Score and Analysis

Mar 19, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) holds the ball as Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen (34) and guard/forward Shane Battier (31) defend during the fourth quarter at TD Garden. The Celtics won 101-96. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
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Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistMarch 19, 2014

The Boston Celtics (23-46) weathered an early storm against the Miami Heat (46-20) and defended their home floor on the way to a 101-96 win on Wednesday at the TD Garden.

After Miami outscored Boston 34-22 in the first quarter, the Celtics cranked up the defense and gave up just 37 points in the second half.

Rajon Rondo led the way for the Cs with 15 assists, 10 rebounds, nine points and key buckets down the stretch.

Avery Bradley scored 23 points and hit 6-of-9 from three-point range. It was Bradley's hot shooting that helped turn the game around for Boston.

Miami was without LeBron James as he was resting a sore back, and the team struggled on both ends without him.

Udonis Haslem started hot, scoring 12 points in the first quarter. He finished with just 14 as he spent a lot of time on the bench and Boston adjusted.

Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 17 points on 7-of-17 shooting.


Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report.

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