The Los Angeles Lakers avenged a punishing defeat by the Boston Celtics on Jan. 30 at the Staples Center with a convincing victory tonight at the TD Garden, taking control of the second half to win 92-86.
Now on a seven-game winning streak and with all three stars healthy, the Heat are looking to maintain their lead with a road game against the Celtics on Sunday.
If they can avenge their season opener loss at Boston, they will be one and a half games ahead of the Celtics.
If the Celtics win, however, the Heat will fall back to a half game behind Boston.
With how Miami and Boston have been playing recently, however, it is likely the Heat will come out of the victory.
Given a one and a half game lead this late in the season, look for Miami to make a run for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the playoffs.
That will leave the brutal second-round series against the Bulls for the Celtics instead, likely to be decided by a Game 7.
Along with home-court advantage, expect the Heat to come out victorious.
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